25 Powerful And Inspiring Andre Gide Quotes

25 Powerful And Inspiring Andre Gide Quotes

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The French author André Paul Guillaume Gide was born in Paris, France, on 22nd November 1869. His career spanned from the symbolist movement to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. His obituary in The New York Times at the time of his death referred to him as “France’s greatest contemporary author” and “famous literary critics’ choice for the greatest French writer of the century.”

André Gide is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. His work ranged from novels to essays, and he was a literary critic and philosopher. We have collected these Andre Gide quotes that are powerful and have an inspiring message.

Andre Gide Quotes

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: SO BE IT (1960)

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

Generally among intelligent people are found nothing but paralytics and among men of action nothing but fools.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: REFLECTIONS ON LITERATURE AND MORALITY

Art begins with resistance — at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labour.”

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: POÉTIQUE

From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering behind it, something not unlike despair.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE COUNTERFEITERS
Andre Gide Quotes
“Most often people seek in life occasions for persisting in their opinions rather than for educating themselves.”
SOURCE: REFLECTIONS ON LITERATURE AND MORALITY

One must allow others to be right, it consoles them for not being anything else.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE IMMORALIST

He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.

ANDRE GIDE

Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE IMMORALIST

O my dearest and most lovable thought, why should I try further to legitimize your birth?” 

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: REFLECTIONS ON LITERATURE AND MORALITY

One can’t correct what one does. It’s the power of revising that makes writing such a colourless affair.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE VATICAN CELLARS
Andre Gide Quotes
“What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.”
SOURCE: THE IMMORALIST

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

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: AUTUMN LEAVES

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE JOURNALS OF ANDRÉ GIDE

We call happiness a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: REFLECTIONS ON LITERATURE AND MORALITY

Man’s responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE JOURNALS OF ANDRÉ GIDE

Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE JOURNALS OF ANDRÉ GIDE
Andre Gide Quotes
“Drunkenness is never anything but a substitute for happiness.”
SOURCE: MARSHLANDS AND PROMETHEUS MISBOUND

To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.” 

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: L’IMMORALISTE

There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them. 

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: SI LE GRAIN NE MEURT

Wisdom comes not from reason but from love.” 

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: LES NOURRITURES TERRESTRES

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” 

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE COUNTERFEITERS

Nothing is good for everyone, but only relatively to some people.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE COUNTERFEITERS
Andre Gide Quotes
“Everything has been said before. But since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”

The public always prefers to be reassured. There are those whose job this is. There are only too many.

ANDRE GIDE
SOURCE: THE COUNTERFEITERS

Daniel Moutote contends that Gide’s work is distinctively modern because each volume he wrote posed a challenge to what had come before, and what might follow.

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