Andre Gide

French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)

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Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
Dare to be yourself.
Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
Know thyself? A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.
Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
So long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity.
The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'
There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.

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