Andre Gide Quotes (153 quotes)
“Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.”
Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality, Transaction Publishers (2010 edition), p. 105 - ISBN: 9781412811118
“Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.”
Literature and Ethics, entry for 1901 - Journals 1889-1949
“No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory is good except on condition that one use it to go on beyond.”
Detached Pages, entry for 1913 - Journals 1889-1949
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Born: November 22, 1869
Died: February 19, 1951 (aged 81)
Occupation: Novelist, essayist
Bio: André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.
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“In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.”