Flaubert on Conclusions

The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity. Each religion and each philosophy has pretended to have God to itself, to measure the infinite, and to know the recipe for happiness. What arrogance and what nonsense! I see, to the contrary, that the greatest geniuses and the greatest works have never concluded.

Flaubert, Gustave. unknown source.

Flaubert is one of my favorites and his best novel, Bouvard et Pecuchet, remains unfinished.