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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

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits. Andre Gide

Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness. Andre Gide

There is no work of art that is without short cuts. Andre Gide

Therefore" is a word the poet must not know. Andre Gide

Please do not understand me too quickly. Andre Gide

Long only for what you have. Andre Gide

Laws and rules of conduct are for the state of childhood; education is an emancipation. Andre Gide

The true return to nature is the definitive return to the elements-death. Andre Gide

The world will be saved by one or two people. Andre Gide

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

Only fools don't contradict themselves Andre Gide

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

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

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

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling. Andre Gide

The scholar seeks truth, the artist finds. Andre Gide

A work of art is an exaggeration. Andre Gide

Nothing is good for everyone, but only relatively to some people. Andre Gide

What thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most. Andre Gide

Do not think your truth can be found by anyone else. Andre Gide

We should enjoy this summer, flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one we"ll see. Andre Gide

"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

Woe to these people who have no appetite for the very dish that their age serves up. Andre Gide

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

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

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

I have never produced anything good except by a long succession of slight efforts. Andre Gide

The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh. Andre Gide

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

One completely overcomes only what one assimilates. Andre Gide

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

Don't think that your truth could be found by someone else. Andre Gide

The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise. Andre Gide

There's a law in life: whenever a door closes, a new one will open. Andre Gide

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

The most beaten paths are certainly the surest; but do not hope to scare up much game on them. Andre Gide

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

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

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

The color of truth is gray. Andre Gide

I do not love men: I love what devours them. Andre Gide

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

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

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

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

An unprejudiced mind is probably the rarest thing in the world; to nonprejudice I attach the greatest value. Andre Gide

There is a law in life: When one door closes to us another one opens. Andre Gide

There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them. Andre Gide

The belief that becomes truth for me... is that which allows me the best use of my strength, the best means of putting my virtues into action. Andre Gide

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable. Andre Gide

I advise the young to tell themselves constantly that most often it is up to them alone. Andre Gide

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

Other people's appetites easily appear excessive when one doesn't share them. Andre Gide

Most often it happens that one attributes to others only the feelings of which one is capable oneself. Andre Gide

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

Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours? Andre Gide

Nothing excellent can be done without leisure. Andre Gide

Nothing blocks happiness like happiness remembered. Andre Gide

Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessors of happiness Andre Gide

Art that submits to orthodoxy, to even the soundest doctrines, but lacks imagination and deep self-expression is lost leaving only the craftsmanship. Andre Gide

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

The less intelligent the white man is, the more stupid he thinks the black. Andre Gide

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me. Andre Gide

Though a revolution may call itself national, it always marks the victory of a single party. Andre Gide

When people felt they had a right to seek out Christ before the torment, and in the fullness of his joy-it was too late; the cross had overcome Christ himself; it was Christ crucified that people continued to see and teach. And thus it is that religion came to plunge the world into gloom. Andre Gide

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

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

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. Andre Gide

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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