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  • Madame Bovary is myself. -- Gustave Flaubert
  • I first read 'Madame Bovary' in my teens or early twenties. -- Lydia Davis
  • The first role I played was Madame Ranevsky in 'The Cherry Orchard.' -- Lesley Nicol
  • Public service used to be the highest of callings, until people like Madame Voldemort vilified it. -- Jennifer Granholm
  • Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you. -- Ernest Hemingway
  • I wrote the first draft of 'Madame Bovary' without studying the previous translations, although I gathered them and took the occasional peek. -- Lydia Davis
  • I took my mother-in-law to Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors, and one of the attendants said: 'Keep her moving sir; we're stock-taking.' -- Les Dawson
  • It's in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Curie's birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation. That's why I like Charlie Parker. -- Joni Mitchell
  • My great-grandmother was born in London, the daughter of a Brixton coachman, and became the most famous singer in Australia. Her name was Marie Carandini, Madame Carandini. -- Christopher Lee
  • The power of 'Madame Bovary' stems from Flaubert's determination to render each object of his scrutiny exactly as it looks, or sounds or smells or feels or tastes. -- Kathryn Harrison
  • I always wanted to be Jo in 'Little Women.' She's a bit reckless and feckless, always getting into trouble like me. But I'm probably more like Madame Bovary. -- Sue Townsend
  • I started going to Madame Louise's, the lesbian club where all the punk bands used to go - the Sex Pistols, the Clash. I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there; he was gorgeous. -- Boy George
  • Madame Bovary' advanced slowly, as slowly as it would have to have, given an author who held himself accountable to each word, that it be the right word, of which there could be only one. -- Kathryn Harrison
  • We Americans are mildly interested, of course, in reading about the discovery of radium by Madame Curie, but what we really yearn to know is the name of the uncommemorated French female who first mixed a sauce bearnaise. -- Frank Crowninshield
  • I'm a big fan of Edouard Vuillard, so I'd like anything by him - particularly a painting called 'Madame Hessel on the Sofa.' His work is realistic without being literal: I can really imagine what Madame Hessel is thinking. -- Lesley Manville
  • If you could sit down with Jesus, you wouldn't need anybody else. He could answer all of your questions. Instead of Einstein and Louis Pasteur and Madame Curry, you could just have Jesus and he could answer for all of them. -- Carol Alt
  • There was a woman in Tunisia called Madame Pinot. She was a midwife and had helped in the birth of my siblings and me. I assisted her. I helped women give birth to a lot of babies when I was very young. -- Azzedine Alaia
  • Congresswomen are congresswomen - you are, sorry. And for women who want to be congressmen, there's a screw loose in their head. I'm proud of being a woman. I think 'congresswoman' is the appropriate term, and 'Madame chair' is just fine with me. -- Linda Sanchez
  • A West Virginia 10 is a California 4. Or at least that's what legend tells us: The Legend of Dr. Feelgood. Plastic surgery has a permanent home here, which is why Nancy Pelosi loves our Botoxed beaches. Beverly Hills looks like a moving Madame Tussauds. -- Ben Shapiro
  • The library of my elementary school had this great biography section, and I read all of these paperback biographies until they were dog-eared. The story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Curie and Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver and on and on and on. -- Christine Quinn
  • I love playing 'Madame Vastra.' Although I do suffer, spending three-and-a-half hours in make-up every morning to have her lizard skin put on. I was so excited the first day when we did the make-up test, but after six hours, I was like, 'Can we finish now?' -- Neve McIntosh
  • Madame de Stael talks herself into a beauty. -- John Philpot Curran
  • Mark had a better chance interpreting body language at Madame Tussauds." -- Kim Aleksander
  • Madame....gloatingly savored her words as earlier she had savored her pig's trotter. -- Georges Simenon
  • But you have read Madame Bovary?' (I'd never heard of her books.) 'No. -- David Mitchell
  • Lord, Madame, I have fed like a farmer; I shall grow as fat as a porpoise. -- Jonathan Swift
  • Sir, I have seen your film and it is vulgar! Madame, my film rises below vulgarity. -- Mel Brooks
  • Madame Aubain's servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l'Eveque for half a century. -- Gustave Flaubert
  • For women, history does not exist. Murasaki, Sappho, and Madame Lafayette might be their own contemporaries. -- Cesare Pavese
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  • Madame Bovary and a flying carpet, they are both untrue in the same way. Somebody made them up. -- Salman Rushdie
  • [A formula for answering controversial letters -- without even reading the letters:] Dear Sir (or Madame): You may be right. -- H. L. Mencken
  • Perhaps, she says (Madame de la Rougierre), Other souls than human are sometimes born into the world & clothed in human flesh. -- Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • ..then you must say to her, ā??Madame, I observe that your heart is broken. Allow me to repair it for you... -- Elizabeth Kostova
  • I had lots of opportunities to survive this [popularity] madness. Madame de StaĆ«l said, "Glory is the bright mourning of happiness." -- Brigitte Bardot
  • Madame Bovary is the sexiest book imaginable. The woman's virtually a nyphomaniac but you won't find a vulgar word in the entire thing. -- Noel Coward
  • The nights seem to me too long... I am often scolded by Madame Pasteur, but I tell her I shall lead her to fame. -- Louis Pasteur
  • An interviewer asked me what book I thought best represented the modern American woman. All I could think of to answer was: Madame Bovary. -- Joseph McCarthy
  • The Seal, she lounges like a bride,Much too docile, there's no doubt;Madame RĆ©camier, on side,(if such she has), and bottom out. -- Djuna Barnes
  • Madame Schmid belonged to that large class of persons who believe that a man who engages in any form of art is necessarily a loafer. -- Molly Elliot Seawell
  • See I'm the reckless and wild one who saves him from being boring. It's why we're perfect for each other. We balance. - Madame Selena -- Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • I do not think very highly of Madame D'Arblay's books. The style is so strutting. She does so stalk about on Dr. Johnson's old stilts. -- Mary Russell Mitford
  • Love of country produces among men such examples as Cincinnatus, Alfred, Washington--pure, unselfish, symmetrical; among women, Vittoria Colonna, Madame Roland, Charlotte Corday, Jeanne Darc--romantic, devoted, marvelous. -- Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Madame Curie didn't stumble upon radium by accident. She searched and experimented and sweated and suffered years before she found it. Success rarely is an accident. -- B. C. Forbes
  • The feminine graces of Madame de Sevigne's genius are exquisitely charming; but the philosophy and eloquence of Madame de Stael are above the distinction of sex. -- James Mackintosh
  • Madame Gherardi maintained that love, like most other blessings of civilisation, was a chimaera which we desire the more, the further removed we are from Nature. -- W. G. Sebald
  • Gertrude Stein ... the Madame Curie of language. Because in her deep research she has crushed thousands of tons of matter to extract the radium of the word. -- Mina Loy
  • You should never be too much involved... otherwise, you suffer and you can't sing. This is what happened in the very first years I sang Madame Butterfly. -- Renata Scotto
  • Madame Lefoux shrugged. "I do not know about that, my lady. I mean to say, one's life is one thing; one's technology is an entirely different matter. -- Gail Carriger
  • [Madame Nhu was] the Sandra Dee of South Vietnam. If I were cast on a desert island with her, I would quickly make friends with the natives. -- Oscar Levant
  • The music of this opera (Madame Butterfly) was dictated to me by God. I was merely instrumental in getting it on paper and communicating it to the public. -- Giacomo Puccini
  • After all, hadn't she been the one to pursue him? And Madame Dupuy had done it with a vigor that most women would have been too ashamed to display. -- Rose Wynters
  • Madame Lily Devalier always asked "Where are you?" in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous. -- Tom Robbins
  • Her imperturbable self-confidence (Duchesse de Maine) caused Madame de Stael to write that the Duchesse believed in herself the same way she believed in God, without explanation or discussion. -- Antonia Fraser
  • Madame will forgive me for not perceiving her busyness. It is a sign of the highest breeding to be able to be busy whilst appearing idle to the uninformed observer. -- Louis de Bernieres
  • I'm astounded by people who take eighteen years to write something. That's how long it took that guy to write Madame Bovary, and was that ever on the best-seller list? -- Sylvester Stallone
  • In two thousand years all our generals and politicians may be forgotten, but Einstein and Madame Curie and Bernard Shaw and Stravinsky will keep the memory of our age alive. -- Anthony Burgess
  • The time to read Madame Bovary is when your romantic hopes and desires have crashed, and you will believe that your future relationships will have disappointing - even devastating - consequences. -- John Irving
  • The great correspondent of the seventeenth century Madame de Sevigne counseled, Take chocolate in order that even the most tireome company seem acceptable to you, which is also sound advice today! -- Barrie Kerper
  • I will not enter into a public feud with Madame Callas, since I am well aware that she has considerably greater competence and experience at that kind of thing than I have. -- Rudolf Bing
  • If the spirit comes through in a Madame George type of song, that's what the spirit says. You have very little to do with it. You're like an instrument for what's coming through. -- Van Morrison
  • Flaubert's famous sentence, "Madame Bovary, c'est moi" ("Madame Bovary, she is me"), in reality means, " Madame Bovary, c'est nous" ("Madame Bovary, she is us"), in our modern incapacity to live a "good-enough" life. -- Sophie Barthes
  • Unicorns, dragons, witches may be creatures conjured up in dreams, but on the page their needs, joys, anguishes, and redemptions should be just as true as those of Madame Bovary or Martin Chuzzlewit. -- Alberto Manguel
  • Madame Lefoux accepted a cup of tea and sat on another little settee, next to the relocated calico cat. The cat clearly believed Madame Lefoux was there to provide chin scratches. Madame Lefoux provided. -- Gail Carriger
  • Madame Tallien shared honors with Josephine Beauharnais in being mistress to Barras, an ex-nobleman and ex-terrorist whose appetite for beautiful women, beautiful young men, and money was the only wholesome trait in his character. -- J. Christopher Herold
  • Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one-Marie, the famous Madame Curie-and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else. -- Isaac Asimov
  • Then stay with me a little longer,' Madame Olenska said in a low tone, just touching his knee with her plumed fan. It was the lightest touch, but it thrilled him like a caress. -- Edith Wharton
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  • Rodin picks a mushroom delighted, and shows it to Madame Rodin... "Look," he says excitedly, "and that takes but a single night! In one night all these are made, all these lamellas. That is good work." -- Juan Ramon Jimenez
  • Madame Kovarian: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules. The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many. -- Steven Moffat
  • Doesn't it seem to you," asked Madame Bovary, "that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal? -- Gustave Flaubert
  • My dear Madame, I just noticed that I forgot my cane at your house yesterday; please be good enough to give it to the bearer of this letter. P.S. Kindly pardon me for disturbing you; I just found my cane. -- Marcel Proust
  • When you talk to young girls these days about their role modles, very few mention a chemist like Madame Curie or an astrophysicist and astronaut like Sally Ride, or a zoologist like Jane Goodall. Instead, they look to someone like Madonna... -- W. Ann Reynolds
  • I recall having read, at the brothers' instance, Madame Blavatsky's Key to Theosophy. This book stimulated in me the desire to read books on Hinduism, and disabused me of the notion fostered by the missionaries that Hinduism was rife with superstition. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • One of the [Million Mom] marchers said 'the hands that rock the cradle rule this nation.' I thought, 'no Madame, the hands that rock the cradle rule our families and governments and corporations. The hands that wrote the Constitution rule this nation'. -- Charlton Heston
  • I don't want my novel to be like Madame Bovary, finely crafted with the life edited out of it. I want my novel to be like a friend telling me a story -- so we go off on thoughts; that's the way it is. -- Tama Janowitz
  • I Preserve the nonviable embryo in formaldehyde for future study. Lord Maccon has been drinking my samples. When confronted, he admitted to be enjoying both the refreshing beverage and the 'crunchy pickled snack' as well. I was not pleased" (Professor Lyall to Madame Lefoux) -- Gail Carriger
  • They were only to glad to come, ... as an alibi to test their charms ... ... but once they'd made it into the house their hearts where in their boots because they knew enough to see that here Madame Verona was still living off the interest." -- Dimitri Verhulst
  • Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary--and terrible elegant. -- Muriel Barbery
  • I have met a great celebrity, Madame Dudevant, known as George Sand... Her appearance is not to my liking. Indeed there is something about her which positively repels me... What an unattractive person La Sand is... Is she really a woman? I'm inclined to doubt it. -- Frederic Chopin
  • This is the real Madame. I can see why she hides herself in accents and gems and exotic perfumes. I can see why she's grown to hate anything to do with love. She isn't evil or corrupt the way that Vaughn is. She's broken. Only broken. -- Lauren DeStefano
  • I haven't been back to London for 40 years to do a play, so to play Madame Arcati there, she would be tickled to death knowing that that was what I was doing. I hope she would. She was a wonderfully unique and very special, very darling woman. -- Angela Lansbury
  • Rather would I have the love songs of romantic ages, rather Don Juan and Madame Venus, rather an elopement by ladder and rope on a moonlight night, followed by the father's curse, mother's moans, and the moral comments of neighbors, than correctness and propriety measured by yardsticks. -- Emma Goldman
  • Madame Bovary is timeless. It is not just about the female condition in France in the 1840s. It's not a simple cautionary tale. Emma is more than a character; she gives us an insight into human nature. With Emma, we are diving into the complexities of Flaubert's psyche. -- Sophie Barthes
  • I actually challenged The Theosophical Society on their concept of planes of reality. I said, "What you're doing is, you're stacking two-dimensional surfaces in three-space. And you are not going into any other dimensions at all." And they were furious, because they thought I was attacking Madame [Elena] Blavatsky. -- Paul Laffoley
  • I just snogged Madame de Pompadour! -- Madame de Pompadour
  • Madame de StaĆ«l thought it was pride in mankind to endeavour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all. -- Madame de Stael
  • In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. -- Brian Mulroney
  • I've written books as acts of discovery: things I need to know and that I need to touch. And it's very dangerous work to deal with the most toxic internal elements... I feel like Madame Curie at my computer. I feel like I should be hemorrhaging from my eyes and ears. -- Kate Braverman
  • The scientists I looked up to at the beginning were not Latino. They were famous scientists of many years ago, like Madame Curie. Later, I realized that there were also, but a very few, Latino scientists. There were good ones, but very few, because there wasn't as much a tradition to be a scientist in our culture. But this is changing. -- Mario J. Molina
  • When I was 12 years old, I read 'Nancy Drew' mysteries and biographies of Madame Curie and Florence Nightingale and books about girls who love horses or go to nursing school. I belonged to the Girl Scouts and got A's in school and rarely disobeyed my parents. I still kept a collection of Barbie dolls in my room, and I almost never spoke to boys. -- Joyce Maynard
  • Hell, madame, is to love no longer. -- Georges Bernanos
  • In great quantity, madame. In great quantity. -- Curnonsky
  • Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop," returned madame; "but don't tell me. -- Charles Dickens
  • Lovin this Ghost Ghirls! It was great to get to play a madame not just a boring prostitute. -- Natasha Leggero
  • Just saw a woman with a t-shirt that said southern and sassy, it's all good. Well madame, I beg to differ, it is in fact, not 'all good'. -- Dov Davidoff
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