We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.— Andre Maurois
The most genuine Andre Maurois quotes that will add value to your life
Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognise our qualities.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.
Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
If, in New York, you arrive late for an appointment, say, "I took a taxi".
A true woman loves a strong man because she knows his weaknesses.
She protects as much as she is protected.
If you create an act, you create a habit.
If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.
All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.
A friend loves you for your intelligence, a mistress for your charm, but your family's love is unreasoning; you were born into it and are of its flesh and blood. Nevertheless it can irritate you more than any group of people in the world.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
Like a bird, when his cage is opened, stays on his perch, dazzled by freedom, the postponed traveler does not see that his cage, with its bars of anxiety, it is open.
An old man, having retired from active life, regains the gaity and irresponsibility of childhood. He is ready to play, he cannot run with his son, but he can totter with his grandson. Our first and last steps have the same rhythm.
Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.
Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.
The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions.
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.
If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us.
Sincerity is glass, discretion is diamond.
Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us.
The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
He who has found a good wife has found great happiness, but a quarrelsome woman is like a roof that lets in the rain.
Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by.
A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.
Among the idle rich, boredom is one of the most common causes of unhappiness.
People who have difficulty in earning their living may suffer greatly, but they are not bored. Wealthy men and women become bored when they depend upon the theater for their enjoyment instead of making their own lives interesting.
Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.
Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions.
We console ourselves with several friends for not having found one real one.
Learning is nothing without cultivated manners, but when the two are combined in a woman, you have one of the most exquisite products of civilization.
All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast.
To desire to be perpetually in the society of a pretty woman until the end of one's days, is as if, because one likes good wine, one wished always to have one's mouth full of it.
People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity -- gunpowder and romantic love.
British conversation is like a game of cricket or a boxing match;
personal allusions are forbidden like hitting below the belt, and anyone who loses his temper is disqualified.
A great man's manias must be respected, because the time required to combat them is too precious to waste.
In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.
Happiness is never there to stay [...] Happiness is merely a respite offered by inquietude.
Information is not culture. In the mind of a truly educated person, facts are organized, and they make up a living world in the image of the world of reality.