ART Leads to the workhouse. What use is it since machines can make things better and quicker
ARTISTS All charlatans. Praise their disinterestedness […]
What artists do can’t be called work […]
AUTHORS One should ‘know a few authors’; no need to know their names.
Gustave Flaubert, excerpts from ‘Dictionnaire des idées reçues’. (1850-80; posthumously published, 1911-13); trans. A.J. Krailsheimer, in Bouvard and Pécuchet (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976) p.294.