Andre Gide

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
Andre Gide

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide

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

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
Andre Gide

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.
Andre Gide

The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.
Andre Gide

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
Andre Gide

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Andre Gide

What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable.
Andre Gide

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Andre Gide

Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Andre Gide

There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
Andre Gide

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
Andre Gide

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
Andre Gide

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide

Not everyone can be an orphan.
Andre Gide

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.
Andre Gide

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
Andre Gide

The color of truth is gray.
Andre Gide

Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
Andre Gide

The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say – because they were too obvious.
Andre Gide

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
Andre Gide

‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know.
Andre Gide

What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
Andre Gide

It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
Andre Gide

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