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Andre Malraux

  • French author
  • Born November 3, 1901
  • Died November 23, 1976

Georges André Malraux DSO (French: [ɑ̃dʁe malʁo]; 3 November 1901 – 23 November 1976) was a French novelist, art theorist and Minister of Cultural Affairs. Malraux's novel La Condition Humaine (Man's Fate) (1933) won the Prix Goncourt. He was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister of Information (1945–46) and subsequently as France's first Minister of Cultural Affairs during de Gaulle's presidency (1959–69).


Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.




To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.




There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.




Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man's fate.




To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.




The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.




And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.




Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.




Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.




Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.




Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.




Then I despair... I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.




The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.




An art book is a museum without walls.




War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.




Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.




The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves is what I call hell.




There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.




Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.



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