Facts about Andre Gide

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Andre Gide was a famous Novelist from France, who lived between December 22, 1869 and February 19, 1951. He/she became 81 years old.

Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Andre, under the main topics: Art, Experience, Peace.

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Famous quotes by Andre Gide (41)


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"The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity"
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"The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious"
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"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them"
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""Therefore" is a word the poet must not know"
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"Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly"
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"It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor"
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"Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change"
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"What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told"
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"What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable"
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"Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else"
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"To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations"
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"To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company"
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"Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one"
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"Sin is whatever obscures the soul"
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"Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason"
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"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time"
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"Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon"
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"Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness"
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"Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented"
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"Not everyone can be an orphan"
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"No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory is good except on condition that one use it to go on beyond"
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"Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding"
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"Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all"
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"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves"
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"It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle"
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"It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward"
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"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not"
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"In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime"
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"I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress"
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"Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences"
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"God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved"
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"Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling"
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"Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you"
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"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it"
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"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself"
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"Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better"
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"A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective"
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"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better"
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"Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor"
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"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again"
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"It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace"


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