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Andre Gide

  • French novelist
  • Born November 22, 1869
  • Died February 19, 1951

André Paul Guillaume Gide (French: [ɑ̃dʁe pɔl ɡijom ʒid]; 22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (in 1947). Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars. The author of "more than fifty books," at the time of his death his obituary in The New York Times described him as "France's greatest contemporary man of letters" and "judged the greatest French writer of this century by the literary cognoscenti.


Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.




Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.




There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.




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.




It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.




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.




'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.




Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.




Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.




Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.




Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.




Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.




A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.




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.




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.




The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.




It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.




The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.




The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.




Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.




What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.




There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.




Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.




One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.




Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.




To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations.




Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.




The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.




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.




It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.




It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.




Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.




God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.




The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.




Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.




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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