Andre Gide

Andre Gide

André Paul Guillaume Gide (22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

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

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.

Everything has been said before but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.

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.

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.

Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does the better.

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.

Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.

The sole art that suits me is that which rising from unrest tends toward serenity.

The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.

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

Not everyone can be an orphan.

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.

Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.

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