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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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  • ''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.''
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Detached Pages," journal entry 1913, Journals 1889-1949, ed. Justin O'Brien (1951).
  • ''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 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).
  • 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 j...
    André Gide (1869-1951), French author. Journals 1889-1949, entry for January 21, 1929, ed. Justin O'Brien (1951).
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