Andr� Gide

22 Nov 1869 // 19 Feb 1951


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The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious
The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling
The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions
Sin is whatever obscures the soul
Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented
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
Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."