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André Gide Quote: “There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by introspection.”
André Gide Quote: “Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.”
André Gide Quote: “The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady; one can pity someone who is suffering ; someone who wants to scratch himself makes one laugh.”
André Gide Quote: “It is with fine sentiments that bad literature is made. Descend to the bottom of the well if you wish to see the stars.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “Every instant of our lives is essentially irreplaceable: you must know this in order to concentrate on life.”
André Gide Quote: “If one could recover the uncompromising spirit of one’s youth, one’s greatest indignation would be for what one has become.”
André Gide Quote: “Faith can move mountains; true: mountains of stupidity.”
André Gide Quote: “Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves.”
André Gide Quote: “I prefer granting with a good grace what I know I shan’t be able to prevent.”
André Gide Quote: “It is good to follow one’s own bent, so long as it leads upward.”
André Gide Quote: “The great artist is one whom constraint exalts, for whom the obstacle is a springboard.”
André Gide Quote: “From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering behind it, something not unlike despair.”
André Gide Quote: “When I cease to be indignant I will have begun my old age.”
André Gide Quote: “It is the special quality of love not to be able to remain stationary, to be obliged to increase under pain of diminishing...”
André Gide Quote: “What thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.”
André Gide Quote: “If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn’t hesitate to do so.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “The thing I am most aware of is my limits. And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “Let every emotion be capable becoming an intoxication to you. If what you eat fails to make you drunk, it is because you are not hungry enough.”
André Gide Quote: “The loveliest creations of men are persistently painful. What would be the description of happiness?”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “One completely overcomes only what one assimilates.”
André Gide Quote: “Our judgements about things vary according to the time left us to live -that we think is left us to live.”
André Gide Quote: “The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.”
André Gide Quote: “A desire for truth is by no means a need for certitude and it would be unwise to confuse one with the other.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “The individual man tries to escape the race. And as soon as he ceases to represent the race, he represents man.”
André Gide Quote: “True eloquence forgoes eloquence.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.”
André Gide Quote: “He who makes great demands upon himself is naturally inclined to make great demands on others.”
André Gide Quote: “Man’s responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases.”
André Gide Quote: “Understand that the only possession of any value is life.”
André Gide Quote: “I have no use for knowledge that has not been preceded by a sensation.”
André Gide Quote: “The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.”
André Gide Quote: “Do not think your truth can be found by anyone else.”
André Gide Quote: “Pay attention only to the form; emotion will come spontaneously to inhabit it. A perfect dwelling place always finds an inhabitant.”
André Gide Quote: “Nothing is good for everyone, but only relatively to some people.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “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.”
André Gide Quote: “The abominable effort to take one’s sins with one to paradise.”
André Gide Quote: “The truth is, I hoped the cure would dislike me. I tried to think of disagreeable things to say to him – I could hit on nothing that wasn’t charming. It’s wonderful how hard I find it not to be fascinating.”
André Gide Quote: “Man’s first and greatest victory must be won against the gods.”
André Gide Quote: “The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There are only too many.”
André Gide Quote: “The important thing is being capable of emotions, but to experience only one’s own would be a sorry limitation.”
André Gide Quote: “To be sure, theory is useful. But without warmth of heart and without love it bruises the very ones it claims to save.”
André Gide Quote: “Nothing blocks happiness like happiness remembered.”
André Gide Quote: “An opinion, though it is original, does not necessarily differ from the accepted opinion; the important thing is that it does not try to conform to it.”
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