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Andre Maurois
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Marriage is not something that can be accomplished all at once; it has to be constantly reaccomplished. A couple must never indulge in idle tranquility with the remark: "The game is won; let's relax." The game is never won. The chances of life are such that anything is possible. Remember what the dangers are for both sexes in middle age. A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. Andre Maurois
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What men call friendship is only social intercourse, an exchange of favours and good offices; it comes down to a commercial dealing in which self-esteem always expects to profit. Andre Maurois
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We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder. Andre Maurois
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The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it. Andre Maurois
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To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it. Andre Maurois
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If, in New York, you arrive late for an appointment, say, "I took a taxi". Andre Maurois
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I knew a man who had been virtually drowned and then revived. He said that his death had not been painful. Andre Maurois
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In restaurants, the duration of silence between couples is too often proportionate to the length of their life together. Andre Maurois
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There are more love marriages in the United States than in any other country, but Americans are also given to quick and frequent divorces. Andre Maurois
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There are very few men who do not reckon the cost to themselves of a system of taxes before approving it. Andre Maurois
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Paul Valery has no hesitation in saying that the greatest evils today are elections and diplomas. Andre Maurois
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A married man seeks to please his wife and not God. Andre Maurois
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A little unsure of himself in her presence, he always addressed her in questions, a habit common to parents, sovereigns, generals, and teachers. Andre Maurois
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The reputation of a Don Juan gives to a man the most dangerous power. Wise virgins resist it, but foolish virgins frequently yield to the desire to take a celebrated lover from a rival - even from a friend. This emotion is a complex one, mad up of vanity, respect for another woman's taste, and the need to establish self-assurance by winning a difficult victory. Don Juan chose his first mistresses; later he was chosen. Andre Maurois
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An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board. Andre Maurois
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He who has found a good wife has found great happiness, but a quarrelsome woman is like a roof that lets in the rain. Andre Maurois
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The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies. Andre Maurois
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The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions. Andre Maurois
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Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. Andre Maurois
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Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. Andre Maurois
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A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. Andre Maurois
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If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain. Andre Maurois
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The need to express oneself in writing springs from a maladjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent. Andre Maurois
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We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognize our qualities. Andre Maurois
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Civilizations founded upon polygamy have always given way to those founded upon monogamy. Polygamy weakens men and diminishes the charm of the community in which it is practiced; and in any case it is foreign to the tastes and requirements of our modern women. Andre Maurois
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The truth seems to be that monogamous marriage, mitigated in certain countries by divorce and in certain other by tolerance of infidelity, persists in our Western civilization as the solution which entails the least suffering for the greatest number of people. Andre Maurois
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Almost all men improve on acquaintance. Andre Maurois
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Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true; everything that is not puts us in a rage. Andre Maurois
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Knowledge is ours only if, at the moment of need, it offers itself to the mind without syllogisms or demonstrations for which there is no time. Andre Maurois
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Optimism in an artist is something that has to be won by hard fighting (Alain). Andre Maurois
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There is as much craft in the making of a book as there is in the making of a clock (La Bruyere). Andre Maurois
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One can love a real woman after having loved her imagined counterpart. Similarly, one can adapt oneself to a society which, previously, one held in contempt. Andre Maurois
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The truth is that, from the immense spectacle of the world, each novelists retains the one adventure which enable shim to give expression to his own essential self, just as the painter sees in nature only pictures painted in his manner. Andre Maurois
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Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true. Everything that is not puts us in a rage. Andre Maurois
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Although it rain, cast not away the watering pot. Malay Proverb Sincerity is glass, discretion is diamond. Andre Maurois
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Time is a factor in all action. An imperfect scheme put into action at the proper time is better than a perfect one accomplished too late. Andre Maurois
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It is restful to leave one's home; not because traveling does not entail varied and difficult daily actions, but because it removes our responsibilities. Andre Maurois
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The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block. Andre Maurois
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Only passions can raise a man above the level of the animal. Andre Maurois
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Among the idle rich, boredom is one of the most common causes of unhappiness. People who have difficulty in earning their living may suffer greatly, but they are not bored. Wealthy men and women become bored when they depend upon the theater for their enjoyment instead of making their own lives interesting. Andre Maurois
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To reason with poorly chosen words is like using a pair of scales with inaccurate weights. Andre Maurois
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The clear and simple words of common usage are always better than those of erudition. The jargon of the philosophers not seldom conceals an absence of thought. Andre Maurois
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Old age diminishes our strength; it takes away our pleasures one after the other; it withers the soul as well as the body; it renders adventure and friendship difficult; and finally it is shadowed by thoughts of death. Andre Maurois
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Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold. Andre Maurois
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Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by. Andre Maurois
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Few are they who have never had a chance to achieve happiness- and fewer those who have taken that chance. Andre Maurois
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Two world wars have destroyed in a few years the material and spiritual capital accumulated by centuries of work. The nineteenth century had hoped to turn man, by virtue of education, into a reasoning being: a half-century of ferocity has proved that a cruel, primitive beast still resides in him. Andre Maurois
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Why, when I have won her, do I continue to woo her? Because, though she belongs to me, she is not and never will be mine. Andre Maurois
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The life of a couple is lived on the mental level of the more mediocre of the two beings who compose it. Andre Maurois
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Auguste Comte defines the feminine sex as the affective or emotional sex, and the male sex as the effective or active sex. This must be understood as meaning that with women there is a much close connection between mind and body. Woman's thought are less abstract than man's. Andre Maurois
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Well fitted for friendship is he whom men have not disgusted with mankind, and who, believing and knowing that there are a few noble men, a few great minds, a few delightful souls scattered through the crowd, never tires of searching for them, and loves them even before he has found them. Andre Maurois
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In the misfortunes of our best friends, we always find something not unpleasing. Andre Maurois
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Does absolute reliance carry with it a complete exchange of confidences? I believe that true friendship cannot exist otherwise. Andre Maurois
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The friendship of two young people, says Goethe somewhere, is delightful when the girl likes to learn and the boy to teach. Andre Maurois
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Thinking is easy, said Goethe, acting is difficult, and to put one's thought into action is the most difficult thing in the world. And Tolstoy: It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writing than to put one principle into practice. Andre Maurois
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The man who truly loves his work returns to it after the briefest rest with a curious kind of voluptuousness. When he is completely absorbed in his job, the end of work seems like the end of life. Andre Maurois
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The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block, as a confidant and not as a rival. Andre Maurois
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The whole reason of this War is because the Germans have no sense of humor. Andre Maurois
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The officer of today has seen active service, it's true but as a matter of fact it is quite sufficient in war to have good health and no more imagination than a fish. It is in peace-time that one ought to judge a soldier. Andre Maurois
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The great classic writers, it will be said, sought rather to proclaim universal truths than to leave their imprint on them. Andre Maurois
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All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast. Andre Maurois
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Almost all great writers have as their motif, more or less disguised, the passage from childhood to maturity, the clash between the thrill of expectation and the disillusioning knowledge of truth. 'Lost Illusion' is the undisclosed title of every novel. Andre Maurois
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A great writer has a high respect for values. His essential function is to raise life to the dignity of thought, and this he does by giving it a shape. Andre Maurois
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To feminine eyes a man's prestige, or his fame, envelops him in a luminous haze which obscures his faults. The triumphs of an aviator, an actor, a football player, an orator are often responsible for the beginning of a love affair. Andre Maurois
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The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. Andre Maurois
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Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form. Andre Maurois
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People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel. Andre Maurois
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Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand. Andre Maurois
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In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people. Andre Maurois
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Happiness flourishes where there is happiness, and love withers quickly in an atmosphere of constraint and gloom. Andre Maurois
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