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Andre Gide
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It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. Andre Gide
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Please do not understand me too quickly. Andre Gide
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It would be wisest not to worry too much about the sterile periods. They ventilate the subject and instill into it the reality of daily life. Andre Gide
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But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits. Andre Gide
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Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness. Andre Gide
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There is no work of art that is without short cuts. Andre Gide
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Only fools don't contradict themselves Andre Gide
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It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward. Andre Gide
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The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling. Andre Gide
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The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced. Andre Gide
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Laws and rules of conduct are for the state of childhood; education is an emancipation. Andre Gide
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The true return to nature is the definitive return to the elements-death. Andre Gide
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Long only for what you have. Andre Gide
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Therefore" is a word the poet must not know. Andre Gide
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The world will be saved by one or two people. Andre Gide
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Through fear of resembling one another, through horror at having to submit, through uncertainty as well, through skepticism and complexity, there is a multitude of individual little beliefs for the triumph of strange little individuals. Andre Gide
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Nothing is good for everyone, but only relatively to some people. Andre Gide
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I have never produced anything good except by a long succession of slight efforts. Andre Gide
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The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh. Andre Gide
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I do not love men: I love what devours them. Andre Gide
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"Let the dead bury the dead." There is not a single word of Christ to which the Christian religion has paid less attention. Andre Gide
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Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
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Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change. Andre Gide
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The color of truth is gray. Andre Gide
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Woe to these people who have no appetite for the very dish that their age serves up. Andre Gide
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I believe that in every circumstance I have been able to see rather clearly the most advantageous course I could follow, which is very rarely the one I did follow. Andre Gide
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To be sure, theory is useful. But without warmth of heart and without love it bruises the very ones it claims to save. Andre Gide
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Humanity cherishes its swaddling clothes; but it shall not grow up unless it can free itself from them. Turning down his mother's breast does not make the weaned child ungrateful. ... Rise up naked, valiant; make the sheaths crack; push aside the stakes; to grow straight you need no more than the thrust of your sap and the call of the sun. Andre Gide
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The novelist does not long to see the lion eat grass. He realizes that one and the same God created the wolf and the lamb, then smiled, "seeing that his work was good." Andre Gide
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Don't think that your truth could be found by someone else. Andre Gide
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The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise. Andre Gide
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We should enjoy this summer, flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one we"ll see. Andre Gide
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Do not think your truth can be found by anyone else. Andre Gide
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What thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most. Andre Gide
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One completely overcomes only what one assimilates. Andre Gide
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The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady; one can pity someone who is suffering ; someone who wants to scratch himself makes one laugh. Andre Gide
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The scholar seeks truth, the artist finds. Andre Gide
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A work of art is an exaggeration. Andre Gide
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The most beaten paths are certainly the surest; but do not hope to scare up much game on them. Andre Gide
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Old hands soil, it seems, what they caress; but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands are made for caresses and the sheathing of love; it is a pity to make them join too soon. Andre Gide
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There's a law in life: whenever a door closes, a new one will open. Andre Gide
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Mozart's joy is made of serenity, and a phrase of his music is like a calm thought; his simplicity is merely purity. It is a crystalline thing in which all the emotions play a role, but as if already celestially transposed. Moderation consists in feeling emotions as the angels do. Andre Gide
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There is a law in life: When one door closes to us another one opens. Andre Gide
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The artist who is after success lets himself be influenced by the public. Generally such an artist contributes nothing new, for the public acclaims only what it already knows, what it recognizes. Andre Gide
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One should want only one thing and want it constantly. Then one is sure of getting it. But I desire everything, and consequently get nothing. Andre Gide
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Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death Andre Gide
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The great artist is one whom constraint exalts, for whom the obstacle is a springboard. Andre Gide
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It is essential to persuade the soldier that those he is being urged to massacre are bandits who do not deserve to live; before killing other good, decent fellows like himself, his gun would fall from his hands. Andre Gide
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I am lost if I attempt to take count of chronology. When I think over the past, I am like a person whose eyes cannot properly measure distances and is liable to think things extremely remote which on examination prove to be quite near. Andre Gide
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Then you think that one can keep a hopeless love in one's heart for so long as that?...And that life can breathe upon it every day, without extinguishing it? Andre Gide
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Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable. Andre Gide
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Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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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. Andre Gide
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The thing I am most aware of is my limits. And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars. Andre Gide
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Other people's appetites easily appear excessive when one doesn't share them. Andre Gide
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Most often it happens that one attributes to others only the feelings of which one is capable oneself. Andre Gide
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Obsessions of the Orient, of the desert, of its ardor and its emptiness, of the shadows of palm gardens, of the garments white and wide - obsessions where the senses go berserk, where nerves are exasperated, and which made me, at the onset of each night, believe sleep impossible. Andre Gide
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Nothing excellent can be done without leisure. Andre Gide
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The truth is, I hoped the cure would dislike me. I tried to think of disagreeable things to say to him - I could hit on nothing that wasn't charming. It's wonderful how hard I find it not to be fascinating. Andre Gide
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They establish distinctions and reserves which I cannot apply to myself, for I exist only as a whole; my only claim is to be natural, and the pleasure I feel in an action, I take as a sign that I ought to do it. Andre Gide
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The less intelligent the white man is, the more stupid he thinks the black. Andre Gide
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