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  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
  

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

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

  Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  The truth is that as soon as we are no longer obliged to earn our living, we no longer know what to do with our life and recklessly squander it.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  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.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  The color of truth is grey.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had it.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  So long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity.  
 -  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
  

  Whoever starts out toward the unknown must consent to venture alone.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It is their way of falling.  
 -  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
  

  I will not say I like danger, but I like life to be hazardous, and I want to demand at every moment the whole of my courage, my happiness, my health.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  Those who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many misfortunes.  
 -  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
  

  Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  There are different kinds of love, but they all have the same aim: possession.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

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

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

  Sin is whatever obscures the soul.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  Man is more interesting than men... Each one is more precious than all.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

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

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

  Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had it.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits.  
 -  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
  

  The truth is that as soon as we are no longer obliged to earn our living, we no longer know what to do with our life and recklessly squander it.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

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

  Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  I will not say I like danger, but I like life to be hazardous, and I want to demand at every moment the whole of my courage, my happiness, my health.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Art is a 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
  

  Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had it.  
 -  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
  

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

  The belief that becomes truth for me - is that which allows me the best use of my strength, the best means of putting my virtues into action  
 -  Andre Gide
  

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

  Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.  
 -  Andre Gide