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ANDRE GIDE
French novelist and essayist
(1869 - 1951)

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
      - [Self-knowledge]

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
      - [Direction]

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
      - [Truth]

He who makes great demands upon himself is naturally inclined to make great demands upon others.
      - [Expectation]

I find just as much profit in cultivating my hates as my loves.
      - [Hatred]

If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn't hesitate to do so.
      - [Writers]

Man's responsibility increases as that of the gods decreases.
      - [Responsibility]

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
      - [Discovery]

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
      - [Discovery]

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
      - [Literature]

Prejudices are the props of civilization.
      - [Prejudice]

Seize from every moment its unique novelty and do not prepare your joys.
      - [Novelty]

The color of truth is gray.
      - [Truth]

The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady; one can pity someone who is suffering ; someone who wants to scratch himself makes one laugh.
      - [Disease]

Too chaste a youth leads to a dissolute old age.
      - [Youth]

Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
      - [Welcome]

Whoever starts out toward the unknown must consent to venture alone.
      - [Exploration]

Yes, my dear brother, Michel has spoken to us, as you thought he would. Here is the account he gave us. You asked to hear it and I promised to tell you, but at the point of sending it to you I still hesitate; the more times I reread it, the more terrible it seems. Oh, what will you think of our friend? For that matter, what do I think of him myself.
      - The Immoralist [Books (First Lines)]


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