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“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
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“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”
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“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
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“Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.”
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“The color of truth is grey.”
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“Everything's already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.”
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“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”
Andre Gide
tags: life
“I do not love men: I love what devours them.”
André Gide, Prometheus Illbound
“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.”
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“Please do not understand me too quickly.”
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“Envying another man's happiness is madness; you wouldn't know what to do with it if you had it.”
André Gide, The Immoralist
“He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.”
André Gide
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
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“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”
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“You have to let other people be right' was his answer to their insults. 'It consoles them for not being anything else.”
André Gide, The Immoralist
“Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.”
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“Only fools don't contradict themselves”
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“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
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“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.”
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tags: joy
“Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.”
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“There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.”
André Gide, Autumn Leaves
“Dare to be yourself”
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“God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.”
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tags: god
“Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It's their way of falling.”
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“On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d'abord et longtemps, tout rivage.

(One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.)”
André Gide, The Counterfeiters
“Trust those who seek the truth but doubt those who say they have found it.”
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“Then you think that one can keep a hopeless love in one's heart for so long as that?...And that life can breathe upon it every day, without extinguishing it?”
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“We prefer to go deformed and distorted all our lives rather than not resemble the portrait of ourselves which we ourselves have first drawn. It’s absurd. We run the risk of warping what’s best in us”
Andre Gide, Strait is the Gate and The Vatican Cellars
“Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable.”
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