Wednesday, February 08, 2017


People Talk Only About Politics

Gustave Flaubert, letter to George Sand (October 28, 1872; tr. Francis Steegmuller):
The slightest discussion with anyone at all exasperates me, because I find everybody idiotic. My sense of justice is continually outraged. All talk is of politics—and such talk! Where is there the least sign of an idea? What is there to hold on to? What cause is there to be passionate about?

Le moindre dialogue avec qui que ce soit m'exaspère, parce que je trouve tout le monde idiot. Mon sentiment de la justice est continuellement révolté. On ne parle que de politique, et de quelle façon! Où y a-t-il une apparence d'idée? à quoi se raccrocher? Pour quelle cause se passionner?
Related post: An Indecency Among Intellectuals.

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