Quotations by Gide, André


I call “journalism” everything that will be less interesting tomorrow than today.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (1921), detached page [tr. O’Brien (1948)]
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It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
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It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking at it that one overcomes it; but, rather, often by working on the one next to it. Certain people and certain things require to be approached on an angle.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (26 Oct 1924) [tr. O’Brien (1951)]
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Other people’s appetites easily appear excessive when one doesn’t share them.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
The Counterfeiters, “Edouard’s Journal: Oscar Molinier” (1925)
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Other people’s appetites easily appear excessive when one doesn’t share them.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
The Counterfeiters, 3.1 (1925) [tr. Bussy (1951)]
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The most decisive actions of our life — I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future — are, more often than not, unconsidered.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
The Counterfeiters, pt. 3, ch. 16 (Hildebrant) (1925)
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It is essential to persuade the soldier that those he is being urged to massacre are bandits who do not deserve to live; before killing other good, decent fellows like himself, his gun would fall from his hands.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (10 Feb 1943) [tr. O’Brien (1951)]
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Nothing excellent can be done without leisure.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (15 Jan 1946) [tr. O’Brien (1951)]
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Everything in me calls out to be revised, amended, reeducated.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (19 Jan 1916) [tr. O’Brien (1948)]
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The nationalist has a broad hatred and a narrow love.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal (1918) [tr. O’Brien (1948)]
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Pay no attention to appearing. Being is alone important.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal, “Rule of Conduct” (Nov 1890)
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Do not turn away, through cowardice, from despair. Go through it. … Pass beyond. On the other side of the  tunnel you will find light again.

André Gide (1869-1951) French author, Nobel laureate
Journal, detatched pages (1928) [tr. J. O’Brien (1951)]
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