55 Great André Gide Quotes from the French Novelist

André Gide was a Nobel Laureate in Literature and a French novelist.

André Gide Quotes

1. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” ~ André Gide.


2. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ André Gide.

3. “The color of truth is gray.” ~ André Gide.

4. “When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice”. ~ Andre Gide.

5. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time”. ~ André Gide.

6. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. ~ André Gide.

7. “Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.” ~ André Gide.

8. “Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It’s their way of falling.” ~ André Gide.


9. “He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.” ~ André Gide.

10. “The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers the most from its own limitations.” ~ André Gide.

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11. “It is now, and in this world, that we must live.” ~ André Gide.

12. “Society knows perfectly well how to kill a man and has methods more subtle than death.” ~ André Gide.

13. “A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” ~ André Gide.

14. “Whoever starts out toward the unknown must consent to venture alone.” ~ André Gide.

15. “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” ~ André Gide.

16. “I advise the young to tell themselves constantly that most often it is up to them alone.” ~ André Gide.


17. “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.” ~ André Gide.

18. “Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable.” ~ André Gide.

19. “Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing himself.” ~ André Gide.

20. “In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” ~ André Gide.

21. “Not everyone can be an orphan.” ~ André Gide.

22. “Please do not understand me too quickly.” ~ André Gide.

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23. “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.” ~ André Gide.

24. “When everything belongs to everyone, nobody will take care of anything.” ~ André Gide.

25. “Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.” ~ André Gide.

26. “I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun warmed, flower bordered path.” ~ André Gide.

27. “Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.” ~ André Gide.

28. “The novelist does not long to see the lion eat grass. He realizes that one and the same God created the wolf and the lamb, then smiled, “seeing that his work was good.”” ~ André Gide.


29. “The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh.” ~ André Gide.

30. “The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.” ~ André Gide.

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31. “I intend to bring you strength, joy, courage, perspicacity, defiance.” ~ André Gide.

32. “Often the best in us springs from the worst in us.” ~ André Gide.

33. “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.” ~ André Gide.

34. “The pettiness of a mind can be measured by the pettiness of its adoration or its blasphemy.” ~ André Gide.

35. “It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.” ~ André Gide.

36. “To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.” ~ André Gide.

37. “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.” ~ André Gide.

38. “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.” ~ André Gide.

39. “Money cannot buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable. Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.” ~ André Gide.

40. “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.” ~ André Gide.

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41. “There is a law in life: When one door closes to us another one opens.” ~ André Gide.

42. “There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.” ~ André Gide.


43. “Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.” ~ André Gide.

44. “The most subtle art, the strongest and deepest art – supreme art – is the one that does not at first allow itself to be recognized.” ~ André Gide.

45. “A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.” ~ André Gide.

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46. “The true return to nature is the definitive return to the elements-death.” ~ André Gide.

47. “It is better to fail at your own life than to succeed at someone else’s.” ~ André Gide.

48. “Each thought becomes an anxiety in my brain. I am becoming the ugliest of all things: a busy man.” ~ André Gide.

49. “Without mysticism man can achieve nothing great.” ~ André Gide.

50. “Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.” ~ André Gide.

51. “Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.” ~ André Gide.

52. “Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” ~ André Gide.

53. “It is one of life’s laws that as soon as one door closes another opens. But the tragedy is we look at the closed door and disregard the open one.” ~ André Gide.

54. “The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” ~ André Gide.

55. “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” ~ André Gide.

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