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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

If, in New York, you arrive late for an appointment, say, "I took a taxi". Andre Maurois

In restaurants, the duration of silence between couples is too often proportionate to the length of their life together. Andre Maurois

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

There are very few men who do not reckon the cost to themselves of a system of taxes before approving it. Andre Maurois

Paul Valery has no hesitation in saying that the greatest evils today are elections and diplomas. Andre Maurois

A married man seeks to please his wife and not God. Andre Maurois

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

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

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

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder. Andre Maurois

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it. Andre Maurois

To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it. Andre Maurois

Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true. Everything that is not puts us in a rage. Andre Maurois

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

We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognize our qualities. Andre Maurois

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

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

Almost all men improve on acquaintance. Andre Maurois

Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true; everything that is not puts us in a rage. Andre Maurois

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

Optimism in an artist is something that has to be won by hard fighting (Alain). Andre Maurois

There is as much craft in the making of a book as there is in the making of a clock (La Bruyere). Andre Maurois

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

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

Although it rain, cast not away the watering pot. Malay Proverb Sincerity is glass, discretion is diamond. Andre Maurois

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

An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board. Andre Maurois

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

The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies. Andre Maurois

The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions. Andre Maurois

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. Andre Maurois

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. Andre Maurois

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. Andre Maurois

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

Few are they who have never had a chance to achieve happiness- and fewer those who have taken that chance. Andre Maurois

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

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

The life of a couple is lived on the mental level of the more mediocre of the two beings who compose it. Andre Maurois

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

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

In the misfortunes of our best friends, we always find something not unpleasing. Andre Maurois

Does absolute reliance carry with it a complete exchange of confidences? I believe that true friendship cannot exist otherwise. Andre Maurois

The friendship of two young people, says Goethe somewhere, is delightful when the girl likes to learn and the boy to teach. Andre Maurois

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

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

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

The whole reason of this War is because the Germans have no sense of humor. Andre Maurois

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

The great classic writers, it will be said, sought rather to proclaim universal truths than to leave their imprint on them. Andre Maurois

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

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

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

Only passions can raise a man above the level of the animal. Andre Maurois

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

To reason with poorly chosen words is like using a pair of scales with inaccurate weights. Andre Maurois

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

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

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold. Andre Maurois

Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by. Andre Maurois

There are deserts in every life, and the desert must be depicted if we are to give a fair and complete idea of the country. Andre Maurois

The minds of different generations are as impenetrable one by the other as are the monads of Leibniz. Andre Maurois

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

Happiness flourishes where there is happiness, and love withers quickly in an atmosphere of constraint and gloom. Andre Maurois

Passionate love produces distorted visions of actual people. Men who are too much in love expect such extraordinary happiness from marriage that they are frequently disappointed. Andre Maurois

There is no absurdity or contradiction to which passion may not lead a man. When love or hate takes control, reason must submit and then discover justifications for their folly. Andre Maurois

Great things are not accomplished with physical strength and agility, says Cicero, but through consultation, authority, and the mature wisdom which old age, far from lacking, is endowed with abundantly. Andre Maurois

A man's life is happy, says Pascal, if he begins by being in love and ends by being ambitious. It will be still happier if, after all his ambitions have been satisfied, it ends in tranquility. Andre Maurois

The best way to honor friends who have died is to treat our living ones with equal affection. Andre Maurois

Telephones are like women. No one really knows anything about them. One fine day, something goes wrong; you try to find out why, no good, you swear, you shake them up a bit and all is well. Andre Maurois

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