Andre Gide Quotes (153 quotes)
“Let every emotion be capable becoming an intoxication to you. If what you eat fails to make you drunk, it is because you are not hungry enough.”
Les Nourritures Terrestres (1897)
“True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.”
Portraits and Aphorisms (1903), Pretexts
Si le grain ne meurt [If It Die] (1924), ch. III
“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.”
Les Faux Monnayeurs (1925), Pt. 3, ch. 16
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.”