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Andre Gide Quotes

(1869-1951), French Author

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

Category: Action

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.

Category: Argument

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

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Compliments

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

Category: Death And Dying

Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?

Category: Empathy

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

Category: Giving

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.

Category: Goals

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

Category: Hatred

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

Category: Humankind

It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.

Category: Ideas

The most decisive actions of our life -- I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future -- are, more often than not, unconsidered.

Category: Impulse

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.

Category: Knowledge

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Category: Literature

Not everyone can be an orphan.

Category: Orphan