Gustave Flaubert: She had learned to be a woman for whom experience would always be a prison, and freedom would lie always beyond the horizon. Gustave Flaubert: [at his trial] To declare that men have absolute power over truth is blasphemy, and the last delusion. Truth lives forever, men do not. Gustave Flaubert: Could it have been otherwise? She had wept no doubt in the early morning hours. Was Emma the first bride to weep while the bridegroom slept? Or the last? Tristan, Lancelot, love in a Scotch cottage, love in a Swiss chalet... Emma Bovary: Is it a crime to want things to be beautiful? Emma Bovary: Do you know, Charles, why that clock strikes? To announce the death of another hour. Gustave Flaubert: Forgiveness is still, as I understand it, among the Christian sentiments. Charles Bovary: [to the Marquis] I'm just a village doctor and it isn't often I have the honor of murdering such a distinguished patient. Charles Bovary: I like everything, I suppose that's what's wrong with me. Charles Bovary: This could be a disaster, Emma, these people are aristocrats, I know them, I've treated their servants. Lheureux: I am in the business of making money, I leave the matter of morals to the priests and the philosophers.