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Andre Paul Guillaume Gide was a French writer born on the 22nd of November 1869. Andre Gide is known around the world for his thought-provoking insightful literary works. He was known to be very observant and he wondered over every little aspect. From a very young age, Gide decided on his career as a writer and worked hard for it. Gide did not have a father figure in his childhood and grew in the company of women. There were little restrictions placed on him and he was permitted to do anything he wanted. Maybe his in depth knowledge and analysis about life was developed due to his childhood freedom. Gide's first book (The Notebooks of Andre Walter) was published in 1891, after which he went on to publish numerous others. His books were masked narrations from his own personal life. Gide wrote boldly about many subjects that were considered taboo. His literary work focused on religion, temptation, money and other such worldly matters. Rumors started breaking out about his homosexuality and Gide began to worry about his abnormality. So in order to try and live a normal life, he married his cousin Rondeaux in 1896. Soon after Gide became involved in politics and became the mayor of La Roque-Baignard. In 1924 Gide's autobiography was published in which he talked about his "abnormality." The French author continued writing and was famous for his unorthodox publications. One of his most controversial works was "If I Die..." In 1935 Gide and his friend Andre Malraux had a meeting with Adolf Hitler in order to improve the treatment of prisoners. In 1947, he was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature, however he could not attend the ceremony due to his illness. Andre Gide died in 1951 at the age of 81. He published more than 50 books, many of them winning awards. Gide is known to be one of the most unconventional French writers.

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

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

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

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.
Andre Gide

The truth is that as soon as we are no longer obliged to earn our living, we no longer know
what to do with our life and recklessly squander it.
Andre Gide

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

Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.
Andre Gide

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.
Andre Gide

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

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

Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death.
Andre Gide

Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what
you yourself can obtain.
Andre Gide

The color of truth is grey.
Andre Gide

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

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your
youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, "It all depends on me."
Andre Gide

Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had
it.
Andre Gide

So long as we live among men, let us cherish humanity.
Andre Gide

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him
and travel in his company.
Andre Gide

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

Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
Andre Gide

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old
habits.
Andre Gide

Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It's their way of falling.
Andre Gide

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.
Andre Gide

I will not say I like danger, but I like life to be hazardous, and I want to demand at every
moment the whole of my courage, my happiness, my health.
Andre Gide

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

Those who have never been ill are incapable of real sympathy for a great many misfortunes.
Andre Gide

The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to
say - because they were too obvious.
Andre Gide

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
Andre Gide

There are different kinds of love, but they all have the same aim: possession.
Andre Gide

God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
Andre Gide

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

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

Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Andre Gide

Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what
someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you
feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most
irreplaceable of beings.
Andre Gide

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself
indispensable.
Andre Gide

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

Man is more interesting than men... Each one is more precious than all.
Andre Gide

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