It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

— Andre Gide

The most uplifting Andre Gide quotes you will be delighted to read

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


One doesn't discover new lands without losing sight of the shore.


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

Andre Gide quote Man cannot discover new oceans unless he

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


He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.


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


A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.

Andre Gide quote Believe those who are seeking the truth;

Believe those who are seeking the truth; and doubt those who find it.


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


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


We should enjoy this summer, flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one we’ll see.


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


Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.


Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.


About Andre Gide

Quotes 259 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Novelist
Birthday 22 November 1869

The thing I am most aware of is my limits.

And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars.


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


I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun warmed, flower bordered path.


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.


What thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.


How much more sensuality invites to art than does sentimentality.


What seems different in yourself; that's the rare thing you possess. The one thing that gives each of us his worth, and that's just what we try to suppress. And we claim to love life.


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.


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


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


The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.


True intelligence very readily conceives of an intelligence superior to its own;

and this is why truly intelligent men are modest.


Sin is whatever obscures the soul.


A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly


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


Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.


It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.


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.


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


The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.


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.


Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself.


Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.


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


Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.


Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.


Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?


The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.


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.


Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.

No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.


There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.


What another would have done as well as you, do not do it.

What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable.


Understanding is the beginning of approving.


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.


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


True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.


In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.