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Andre Gide Quotes


A French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.
(1869 - 1951)

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"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
[Poetry]
 

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
 

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
[Concentration]
 

A work of art is an exaggeration.
 

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
[Art]
 

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

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 that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing.
 

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
 

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
 

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

Dare to be yourself.
 

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

Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.
 

God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
 

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

He who makes great demands upon himself is naturally inclined to make great demands upon others.
 

I find just as much profit in cultivating my hates as my loves.
 

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 to life under a sting even better than under a caress.
 

If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn't hesitate to do so.
 

If one could recover the uncompromising spirit of one's youth, one's greatest indignation would be for what one has become.
[Youth]
 


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