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Andre Maurois Quotes

(1885-1967), French Writer

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.

Category: Affection

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.

Category: Age And Aging

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Argument

A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.

Category: Biography

Business is a combination of war and sport.

Category: Business

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.

Category: Character

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.

Category: Confidence

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

Category: Conversation

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.

Category: Desire

The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.

Category: Fiction

Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.

Category: Infidelity

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

Category: Invention And Inventor

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.

Category: Leaders And Leadership

In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.

Category: Literature