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100 Andre Gide Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Andre Gide Sayings: When I was younger, I used to make resolutions which imagined were virtuous. I was When I was younger, I used to make resolutions which imagined were virtuous. I was less anxious to be what I was, than to become what I wished to be. Now, I am not far from thinking that in irresolution lies the secret of not growing old.
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Andre Gide Sayings: I believe that in every circumstance I have been able to see rather clearly the 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.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Actions whose motives he cannot understand that is, actions not prompted by the hope of Actions whose motives he cannot understand that is, actions not prompted by the hope of profit.
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Andre Gide Sayings: The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise. The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to concentrate on life.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason. Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Great minds tend toward banality. It is the noblest effort of individualism. But it implies Great minds tend toward banality. It is the noblest effort of individualism. But it implies a sort of modesty, which is so rare that it is scarcely found except in the greatest, or in beggars.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Those [who] assiduously fabricate for themselves a self-conscious originality, and after having made a choice Those [who] assiduously fabricate for themselves a self-conscious originality, and after having made a choice of certain practices, their principal preoccupation is never to depart from them, to remain for ever on their guard and allow themselves not a moment's relaxation.
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Andre Gide Sayings: What would a narrative of happiness be like? All that can be described is what What would a narrative of happiness be like? All that can be described is what prepares it, and then what destroys it.
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Andre Gide Sayings: The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
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Andre Gide Sayings: We call "happiness" a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call We call "happiness" a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.
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Andre Gide Sayings: If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn't hesitate to do so. If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn't hesitate to do so.
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Andre Gide Sayings: It would be wisest not to worry too much about the sterile periods. They ventilate 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.
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Andre Gide Sayings: I have a horror of rest; possessions encourage one to indulge in it, and there's I have a horror of rest; possessions encourage one to indulge in it, and there's nothing like security for making one fall asleep; I like life well enough to live it awake, and so, in the very midst of my riches, I maintain the sensation of a state of precariousness, by which means I aggravate, or at any rate intensify, my life. I will not say I like danger, but I like life to be hazardous, and I want it to demand at every moment the whole of my courage, my happiness, my health ...
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Andre Gide Sayings: Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing himself.
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Andre Gide Sayings: In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
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Andre Gide Sayings: To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what 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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Andre Gide Sayings: Profound optimism is always on the side of the tortured. Profound optimism is always on the side of the tortured.
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Andre Gide Sayings: It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
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Andre Gide Sayings: In other people's company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and In other people's company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and boring ...
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Andre Gide Sayings: Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.
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Andre Gide Sayings: The less intelligent the white man is, the more stupid he thinks the black. The less intelligent the white man is, the more stupid he thinks the black.
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Andre Gide Sayings: The self requires a story. The self requires a story.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Oh," I thought, "without a doubt, everything in my life is falling to pieces. Nothing Oh," I thought, "without a doubt, everything in my life is falling to pieces. Nothing that my hand grasps can my hand hold.
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Andre Gide Sayings: To be sure, theory is useful. But without warmth of heart and without love it To be sure, theory is useful. But without warmth of heart and without love it bruises the very ones it claims to save.
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Andre Gide Sayings: When intelligent people pride themselves on not understanding, it is quite natural they should succeed When intelligent people pride themselves on not understanding, it is quite natural they should succeed better than fools.
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Andre Gide Sayings: And who shall say how many passions and how many hostile thoughts may live together And who shall say how many passions and how many hostile thoughts may live together in the mind of man?
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Andre Gide Sayings: The most subtle art, the strongest and deepest art - supreme art - is the The most subtle art, the strongest and deepest art - supreme art - is the one that does not at first allow itself to be recognized.
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Andre Gide Sayings: There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by introspection.
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Andre Gide Sayings: One imagines one possesses and in reality one is possessed. One imagines one possesses and in reality one is possessed.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Never have I been able to settle in life. Always seated askew, as if on Never have I been able to settle in life. Always seated askew, as if on the arm of a chair; ready to get up, to leave.
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Andre Gide Sayings: If your target as a Muslim artist, writer or speaker is to target only Muslims If your target as a Muslim artist, writer or speaker is to target only Muslims you need to rethink your plan.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Please do not understand me too quickly. Please do not understand me too quickly.
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Andre Gide Sayings: It is essential to persuade the soldier that those he is being urged to massacre 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.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Perhaps this need to lie cost me something at first: but I soon realized that Perhaps this need to lie cost me something at first: but I soon realized that what are supposedly the worst things (lying, to mention only one) are hard to do only when you have never done them; but that each of them becomes, and so quickly! easy, pleasant, sweet in the repetition, and soon a second nature. Thus, as in each instance when an initial disgust is overcome, I ended by enjoying the dissimulation itself, savoring it as I savored the functioning of my unsuspected faculties. And I advanced every day into a richer, fuller life, toward a more delicious happiness.
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Andre Gide Sayings: It's madness to envy other people's happiness. Happiness doesn't come of the peg, it has It's madness to envy other people's happiness. Happiness doesn't come of the peg, it has to be made to measure.
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Andre Gide Sayings: Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.
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Andre Gide Sayings: I am not sure whether I altogether understand you. You make me curious. I don't I am not sure whether I altogether understand you. You make me curious. I don't much care about talking, but I should like to talk to you.
Andre Gide Sayings: One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide Sayings: What seems different in yourself; that's the rare thing you possess. The one thing that What seems different in yourself; that's the rare thing you possess. The one thing that gives each of us his worth, and that's just what we try to suppress. And we claim to love life.
Andre Gide Sayings: Man: The most complex of beings, and thus the most dependent of beings. On all Man: The most complex of beings, and thus the most dependent of beings. On all that made you up, you depend.
Andre Gide Sayings: I intend to bring you strength, joy, courage, perspicacity, defiance. I intend to bring you strength, joy, courage, perspicacity, defiance.
Andre Gide Sayings: If only we could lean over the soul we love and see as in a If only we could lean over the soul we love and see as in a mirror the image we cast!
Andre Gide Sayings: Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when 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 Sayings: The finest virtues can become deformed with age. The precise mind becomes finicky; the thrifty The finest virtues can become deformed with age. The precise mind becomes finicky; the thrifty man, miserly; the cautious man, timorous; the man of imagination, fanciful. Even perseverance ends up in a sort of stupidity. Just as, on the other hand, being too willing to understand too many opinions, too diverse ways of seeing, constancy is lost and the mind goes astray in a restless fickleness.
Andre Gide Sayings: Chastity more rarely follows fear, or a resolution, or a vow, than it is the Chastity more rarely follows fear, or a resolution, or a vow, than it is the mere effect of lack of appetite and, sometimes even, of distaste.
Andre Gide Sayings: He let Julius go. There was beginning to rise in him a feeling of profound He let Julius go. There was beginning to rise in him a feeling of profound disgust
a kind of hatred almost, of himself, of Julius, of everything.
Andre Gide Sayings: Not everyone can be an orphan. Not everyone can be an orphan.
Andre Gide Sayings: Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Andre Gide Sayings: Man is extraordinarily clever in preventing himself from being happy; it would seem that the Man is extraordinarily clever in preventing himself from being happy; it would seem that the less able he is to endure misfortune the more apt he is to attach himself to it.
Andre Gide Sayings: To tell the truth, my dear count, I must own that of all nauseating human To tell the truth, my dear count, I must own that of all nauseating human emanations, literature is one of those which disgust me most. I can see nothing in it but compromise and flattery. And I go so far as to doubt whether it can be anything else.
Andre Gide Sayings: Those who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many Those who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many misfortunes
Andre Gide Sayings: There is no work of art that is without short cuts. There is no work of art that is without short cuts.
Andre Gide Sayings: When you have nothing to say, or to hide, there is no need to be When you have nothing to say, or to hide, there is no need to be prudent.
Andre Gide Sayings: Trust those who seek the truth but doubt those who say they have found it. Trust those who seek the truth but doubt those who say they have found it.
Andre Gide Sayings: Our judgements about things vary according to the time left us to live -that we Our judgements about things vary according to the time left us to live -that we think is left us to live.
Andre Gide Sayings: So as long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity. So as long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity.
Andre Gide Sayings: The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There are only too many.
Andre Gide Sayings: Yet I'm sure there's something more to be read in a man. People dare not Yet I'm sure there's something more to be read in a man. People dare not
they dare not turn the page. The laws of mimicry
I call them the laws of fear. People are afraid to find themselves alone, and don't find themselves at all. I hate this moral agoraphobia
it's the worst kind of cowardice. You can't create something without being alone. But who's trying to create here? What seems different in yourself: that's the one rare thing you possess, the one thing which gives each of us his worth; and that's just what we try to suppress. We imitate. And we claim to love life.
Andre Gide Sayings: People don't want to be like themselves. They all choose a model to imitate, or People don't want to be like themselves. They all choose a model to imitate, or if they don't choose a model themselves, they accept one ready-made.
Andre Gide Sayings: From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering behind it, something not unlike despair.
Andre Gide Sayings: To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom
Andre Gide Sayings: Most often it happens that one attributes to others only the feelings of which one Most often it happens that one attributes to others only the feelings of which one is capable oneself.
Andre Gide Sayings: Nothing blocks happiness like happiness remembered. Nothing blocks happiness like happiness remembered.
Andre Gide Sayings: Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide Sayings: The individual person is more interesting than people in general; he and not they is The individual person is more interesting than people in general; he and not they is the one whom God created in His image.
Andre Gide Sayings: Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else. Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
Andre Gide Sayings: The scholar seeks truth, the artist finds. The scholar seeks truth, the artist finds.
Andre Gide Sayings: Wisdom comes not from reason but from love. Wisdom comes not from reason but from love.
Andre Gide Sayings: No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory 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 Sayings: Of some forty families I have been able to observe, I know hardly four in Of some forty families I have been able to observe, I know hardly four in which the parents do not act in such a way that nothing would be more desirable for the child than to escape their influence.
Andre Gide Sayings: The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Andre Gide Sayings: It is better to fail at your own life than to succeed at someone else's. It is better to fail at your own life than to succeed at someone else's.
Andre Gide Sayings: To understand is nothing, but to be understood-that is the problem and the source of To understand is nothing, but to be understood-that is the problem and the source of anguish. The soul throbs and would have the other know-but can not and feels isolated. Then come gestures, words, awkward explanations and material symbols for imponderable outbursts of feeling-and the soul despairs.
Andre Gide Sayings: It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written. It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.
Andre Gide Sayings: The artist who is after success lets himself be influenced by the public. Generally such 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 Sayings: Whoever starts out toward the unknown must consent to venture alone. Whoever starts out toward the unknown must consent to venture alone.
Andre Gide Sayings: We prefer to go deformed and distorted all our lives rather than not resemble the We prefer to go deformed and distorted all our lives rather than not resemble the portrait of ourselves which we ourselves have first drawn. It's absurd. We run the risk of warping what's best in us
Andre Gide Sayings: ... the facts of history all appeared to me like specimens in a herbarium, permanently ... the facts of history all appeared to me like specimens in a herbarium, permanently dried, so that it was easy to forget they had once upon a time been juicy with sap and alive in the sun.
Andre Gide Sayings: The very act of sacrifice magnifies the one who sacrifices himself to the point where The very act of sacrifice magnifies the one who sacrifices himself to the point where his sacrifice is much more costly to humanity than would have been the loss of those for whom he is sacrificing himself. But in his abnegation lies the secret of his grandeur.
Andre Gide Sayings: The things one feels are different about oneself are the things that are rare, that The things one feels are different about oneself are the things that are rare, that give each person their value - and these are the things they try to repress. The imitate and make out they love life!
Andre Gide Sayings: Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It's their way of falling. Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It's their way of falling.
Andre Gide Sayings: I can't expect others to share my virtues. It's good enough for me if they I can't expect others to share my virtues. It's good enough for me if they share my vices.
Andre Gide Sayings: Long only for what you have. Long only for what you have.
Andre Gide Sayings: Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Andre Gide Sayings: One completely overcomes only what one assimilates. One completely overcomes only what one assimilates.
Andre Gide Sayings: God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved. God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
Andre Gide Sayings: There's a law in life: whenever a door closes, a new one will open. There's a law in life: whenever a door closes, a new one will open.
Andre Gide Sayings: How would one tell a story about happiness? One can only tell of the origins How would one tell a story about happiness? One can only tell of the origins of happiness and its destruction.
Andre Gide Sayings: Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
Andre Gide Sayings: It is only through restraint that man can manage not to suppress himself. It is only through restraint that man can manage not to suppress himself.
Andre Gide Sayings: It is now, and in this world, that we must live. It is now, and in this world, that we must live.
Andre Gide Sayings: Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh starting point, no less than as a termination.
Andre Gide Sayings: What eludes logic is the most precious element in us, and one can draw nothing What eludes logic is the most precious element in us, and one can draw nothing from a syllogism that the mind has not put there in advance.
Andre Gide Sayings: I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun warmed, flower bordered path.
Andre Gide Sayings: In a world in which everyone cheats, it's the honest man who passes for a In a world in which everyone cheats, it's the honest man who passes for a charlatan.
Andre Gide Sayings: At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles. Wrinkles my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing.
Andre Gide Sayings: The true return to nature is the definitive return to the elements-death. The true return to nature is the definitive return to the elements-death.
Andre Gide Sayings: Characters in a novel or a play who act all the way through exactly as Characters in a novel or a play who act all the way through exactly as one expects them to ... This consistency of theirs, which is held up to our admiration, is on the contrary the very thing which makes us recognise that they are artificially composed.