Andre Gide 1

Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Andre Gide

The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.
Andre Gide

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Andre Gide

Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.
Andre Gide

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
Andre Gide

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
Andre Gide

Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
Andre Gide

The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
Andre Gide

Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.
Andre Gide

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Andre Gide

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
Andre Gide

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

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

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.
Andre Gide

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.
Andre Gide

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

It is good to follow one’s own bent, so long as it leads upward.
Andre Gide

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.
Andre Gide

To what a degree the same past can leave different marks – and especially admit of different interpretations.
Andre Gide

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

Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Andre Gide

God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
Andre Gide

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