1869-1951, French Author
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Andre Gide – [Goals]
Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?
Andre Gide – [Empathy]
Believe those who are seeking truth, doubt those who find it.
Andre Gide – [Truth]
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Andre Gide – [Giving]
Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.
Andre Gide – [Death and Dying]
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
Andre Gide – [Hatred]
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 – [Peace]
It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
Andre Gide – [Purpose]
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 – [Ideas]
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 – [Knowledge]
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide – [Action]
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.
Andre Gide – [Humankind]
Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
Andre Gide – [Argument]
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 – [Theory]
Not everyone can be an orphan.
Andre Gide – [Orphan]
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
Andre Gide – [Compliments]
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 – [Prayer]
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Andre Gide – [Literature]
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Andre Gide – [Sin]
The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.
Andre Gide – [Paradise]