André Gide (b. November 22): “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.”

22 Nov

gide67André Gide, born 22 November 1869, died 19 February 1951, was a French author and winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize in literature.

Quotes on art and writing:

  1. The colour of truth is grey.
  2. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
  3. It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
  4. The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
  5. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
  6. Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.
  7. To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.
  8. The artist who is after success lets himself be influenced by the public. Generally such an artist contributes nothing new, for the public acclaims only what it already knows, what it recognizes.
  9. Know thyself – a maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

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