Zitat des Tages von Andre Gide:
The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
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.
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable.
Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.
Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.
Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
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.
The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
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.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.
There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
Not everyone can be an orphan.
The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.
The color of truth is gray.
Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.