André Gide

André Gide

French writer

Lived from: 1869-1951

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: André Gide

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    The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.
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    The most decisive actions of our life - I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future - are, more often than not, unconsidered.
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    The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
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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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    The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.
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    There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
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    There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
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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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    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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    To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations.
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    Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
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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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    What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
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    Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.
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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.