Quotes by Andre Gide


Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
– Andre Gide
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
– Andre Gide
Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?
– 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
Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
– Andre Gide
At times is it seems that I am living my life backward, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles-wrinkles that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there and that I had the greatest trouble removing.
– Andre Gide
Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
– Andre Gide
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
– Andre Gide
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
– Andre Gide
Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessors of happiness.
– Andre Gide
Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.
– Andre Gide
Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.
– Andre Gide
I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
– Andre Gide
In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
– 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
It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
– Andre Gide
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
– Andre Gide
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
– Andre Gide
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
– Andre Gide
Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.
– Andre Gide