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André Gide


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André Paul Guillaume Gide (22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) 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.

Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual ... more »

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  • ''The abominable effort to take one's sins with one to paradise.''
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Detached Pages," entry for 1913, Journals 1889-1949, ed. Justin O'Brien (1951).
  • ''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.''
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. Hildebrant, in The Counterfeiters, pt. 3, ch. 16 (1925).
  • ''The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.''
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. Journals 1889-1949, entry for November 23, 1940, ed. Justin O'Brien (1951).
  • ''True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.''
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Portraits and Aphorisms," Pretexts (1903).
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