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Like a bird, when his cage is opened, stays on his perch, dazzled by freedom, the postponed traveler does not see that his cage, with its bars of anxiety, it is open. — Andre Maurois

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There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison. — Andre Maurois

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Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record. — Andre Maurois

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To reason with poorly chosen words is like using a pair of scales with inaccurate weights. — Andre Maurois

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There are very few really brilliant men who have not had at least one madman among their ancestors. — Andre Maurois

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Live as if you were eternal. — Andre Maurois

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We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognise our qualities. — Andre Maurois

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Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world. — Andre Maurois

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A friend loves you for your intelligence, a mistress for your charm, but your family's love is unreasoning; you were born into it and are of its flesh and blood. Nevertheless it can irritate you more than any group of people in the world. — Andre Maurois

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A great statesman, like a good housekeeper, knows that cleaning has to be done every morning. — Andre Maurois

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In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others. — Andre Maurois

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A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. — Andre Maurois

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No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity. — Andre Maurois

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The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies. — Andre Maurois

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If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain. — Andre Maurois

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Novelty, the most potent of all attractions, is also the most perishable. — Andre Maurois

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The friendship of two young people,' says Goethe somewhere, 'is delightful when the girl likes to learn and the boy to teach.' It will perhaps be said that this virgin curiosity is no more than unconscious physical desire; but what does it matter, if this desire sharpens the mind and deadens conceit? — Andre Maurois

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Either the soul is immortal and we shall not die, or it perishes with the flesh, and we shall not know that we are dead. Live, then, as if you were eternal. — Andre Maurois

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Learning is nothing without cultivated manners, but when the two are combined in a woman, you have one of the most exquisite products of civilization. — Andre Maurois

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Even our strongest emotions die, don't you think? And we can look back to the woman we were three years ago with the same curiosity and detachment as if it were someone else. — Andre Maurois

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Without a family,man,alone in the world, trembles with the cold. — Andre Maurois

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A gentleman is never in a hurry. — Andre Maurois

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Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment. — Andre Maurois

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He who has found a good wife has found great happiness, but a quarrelsome woman is like a roof that lets in the rain. — Andre Maurois

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The need to express one's self in writing springs from a maladjustment of life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. — Andre Maurois

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Few are they who have never had a chance to achieve happiness- and fewer those who have taken that chance. — Andre Maurois

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There are deserts in every life, and the desert must be depicted if we are to give a fair and complete idea of the country. — Andre Maurois

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To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it. — Andre Maurois

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The reputation of a Don Juan gives to a man the most dangerous power. Wise virgins resist it, but foolish virgins frequently yield to the desire to take a celebrated lover from a rival - even from a friend. This emotion is a complex one, mad up of vanity, respect for another woman's taste, and the need to establish self-assurance by winning a difficult victory. Don Juan chose his first mistresses; later he was chosen. — Andre Maurois

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Inspiration in matters of taste will not come twice. — Andre Maurois

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Ne dites pas trop de mal de vous-meme: on vous croirait. - Don't talk too badly of yourself: they ight believe you. — Andre Maurois

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The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it. — Andre Maurois

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The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it ... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent. — Andre Maurois

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People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel. — Andre Maurois

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Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game is finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul. — Andre Maurois

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Two human beings anchored to one another are like two ships shaken by waves; their carcases collide with one another and creak. — Andre Maurois

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Happiness flourishes where there is happiness. — Andre Maurois

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Advice is always a confession. — Andre Maurois

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A true woman loves a strong man because she knows his weaknesses. She protects as much as she is protected. — Andre Maurois

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Genius consists of equal parts of natural aptitude and hard work. — Andre Maurois

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Old age diminishes our strength; it takes away our pleasures one after the other; it withers the soul as well as the body; it renders adventure and friendship difficult; and finally it is shadowed by thoughts of death. — Andre Maurois

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Among the idle rich, boredom is one of the most common causes of unhappiness. People who have difficulty in earning their living may suffer greatly, but they are not bored. Wealthy men and women become bored when they depend upon the theater for their enjoyment instead of making their own lives interesting. — Andre Maurois

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We console ourselves with several friends for not having found one real one. — Andre Maurois

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It is restful to leave one's home; not because traveling does not entail varied and difficult daily actions, but because it removes our responsibilities. — Andre Maurois

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A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body. — Andre Maurois

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We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence. — Andre Maurois

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The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions. — Andre Maurois

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The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life. — Andre Maurois

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We are almost always the craftsman of our own unhappiness. — Andre Maurois

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The minds of different generations are as impenetrable one by the other as are the monads of Leibniz. — Andre Maurois

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The greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness. Why? Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves. — Andre Maurois

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[ ... ] marriage is one thing, and love is another ... You need to have a solid canvas; nobody stops you to weave the arabesques ... — Andre Maurois

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She was remarkably beautiful. And yet there was something in her eyes that I didn't like. A bit of...no...I don't want to say falsity...that would be too...it was--I don't know how to explain it -- it was something like triumphant cunning. Odile needed to dominate. She wanted to impose her will, her version of the truth. Her beauty had given her a lot of self-confidence and she believed, almost in good faith, that if she said something then it became true. This worked with your husband, who adored her, but not with me, and she resented me for that. — Andre Maurois

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Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions. — Andre Maurois

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You don't love a man for what he says, but love what he says because you love him. — Andre Maurois

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We don't love a woman for what she says, we like what she says because we love her. — Andre Maurois

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Our minds have unbelievable power over our bodies. — Andre Maurois

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Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand. — Andre Maurois

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Medicine is a very old joke, but it still goes on. — Andre Maurois

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Men fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness. — Andre Maurois

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Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form. — Andre Maurois

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Business is a combination of war and sport. — Andre Maurois

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Housekeeping in common is for women the acid test. — Andre Maurois

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A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem. — Andre Maurois

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If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper - and despise it. — Andre Maurois

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When you become used to never being alone, you may consider yourself Americanised — Andre Maurois

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Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by. — Andre Maurois

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He who wants to do everything will never do anything. — Andre Maurois

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Marriage makes a man more vulnerable by doubling the expanse of sail exposed to the tempests of social life. — Andre Maurois

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If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny. — Andre Maurois

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I had formed an image of Odile that was itself admirable. Her beauty...her fragility...her naturalness too...her lively, poetic intelligence...Yes, having once been jealous of her, I too now loved Odile. As described by him, she alone seemed worthy of Philippe as I perceived him and perhaps as I alone saw him. I accepted being scarified to such a noble religion; I knew I was beaten, I wanted to be beaten, I bowed before Odile with accommodating humility and in that very humility I found a secret satisfaction and, no doubt, a hidden source of pride. — Andre Maurois

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It is often said that in prosperity we have many friends, but that we are usually neglected when things go badly. I disagree. Not only do malicious people flock about us in order to witness our ruin, but other unfortunates as well, who have been kept away by our happiness, and now feel close to us on account of our troubles. — Andre Maurois

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An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board. — Andre Maurois

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Happiness is never there to stay [ ... ] Happiness is merely a respite offered by inquietude. — Andre Maurois

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A great man's manias must be respected, because the time required to combat them is too precious to waste. — Andre Maurois

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Nothing provokes more cynicism than a great love that was not shared, but nothing produces more modesty either; I was utterly surprised to feel loved. The truth is: a passion that fully preoccupies a man draws women to him when he least wants them. Even if he is sentimental and tender by nature, when he is obsessed with another he becomes indifferent and almost brutal. Because he is unhappy, he sometimes allows himself to be temped by the offer of affection. As soon as he has tasted this affection, he tires of it and does not disguise the fact. Without wishing to and without even realizing it, he plays the most appalling game. He becomes dangerous and conquers because he himself has been vanquished. This was the case with me. I had never been more convinced of my own inability to attract women, I had never felt less desire to attract them, and I had never received so much clear proof of devotion and love. — Andre Maurois

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Yet had Fleming not possessed immense knowledge and an unremitting gift of observation he might not have observed the effect of the hyssop mould. 'Fortune,' remarked Pasteur, 'favors the prepared mind. — Andre Maurois

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To feminine eyes a man's prestige, or his fame, envelops him in a luminous haze which obscures his faults. The triumphs of an aviator, an actor, a football player, an orator are often responsible for the beginning of a love affair. — Andre Maurois

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One has very little influence upon one's children. Their characters are what they are and one can do nothing to change them. — Andre Maurois

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Experience is valuable only when it has brought suffering and when the suffering has left its mark upon both body and mind. — Andre Maurois

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The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block. — Andre Maurois

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In a discussion, the difficulty lies, not in being able to defend your opinion, but to know it. — Andre Maurois

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Stupidity is a factor to be reckoned with in human affairs. The true leader always expects to encounter it, and prepares to endure it patiently so long as it is normal stupidity. He knows that his ideas will be distorted, his orders carelessly executed; and that there will be jealousy among his assistants. He takes these inevitable phenomena into account, and instead of attempting to find men without faults, who are non-existent, he tries to make use of the best men at his disposal - as they are, and not as they ought to be. — Andre Maurois

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Style is the outcome of constraint. — Andre Maurois

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Sincerity is glass, discretion is diamond. — Andre Maurois

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One might have said that reason made him flee from reason. — Andre Maurois

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The longer the road to love, the keener is the pleasure. — Andre Maurois

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It is not events and the things one sees and enjoys that produce happiness, but a state of mind which can endow events with its own quality, and we must hope for the duration of this state rather than the recurrence of pleasurable events. — Andre Maurois

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For intelligent people, action often means escape from thought, but it is a reasonable and a wise escape. — Andre Maurois

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Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. — Andre Maurois

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Only passions can raise a man above the level of the animal. — Andre Maurois

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The clear and simple words of common usage are always better than those of erudition. The jargon of the philosophers not seldom conceals an absence of thought. — Andre Maurois

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Information is not culture. In the mind of a truly educated person, facts are organized, and they make up a living world in the image of the world of reality. — Andre Maurois

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If, in New York, you arrive late for an appointment, say, "I took a taxi". — Andre Maurois

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A great writer has a high respect for values. His essential function is to raise life to the dignity of thought, and this he does by giving it a shape. — Andre Maurois

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Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. — Andre Maurois

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Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings. — Andre Maurois

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It is better to teach a few things perfectly than many things indifferently. — Andre Maurois

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I knew a man who had been virtually drowned and then revived. He said that his death had not been painful. — Andre Maurois

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An old man, having retired from active life, regains the gaity and irresponsibility of childhood. He is ready to play, he cannot run with his son, but he can totter with his grandson. Our first and last steps have the same rhythm. — Andre Maurois