70 Total Quotes

Andre Maurois Quotes

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
Andre Maurois
#French Writer

All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast
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#Freedom

Modesty and unselfishness: These are the virtues which men praise, and pass by
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#Men

Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world
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#Art

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
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#French Writer #Conversation

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.
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#French Writer #Confidence

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
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#French Writer

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.
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#French Writer

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
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#French Writer #Family

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
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#French Writer

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
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#French Writer #Compassion

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.
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#French Writer #Fools And Foolishness

The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
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#Happiness #French Writer

Business is a combination of war and sport.
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#French Writer #Business

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly
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#Business

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.
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#French Writer #Style

The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions.
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#Work #French Writer

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
#Writers And Writing #Conflict

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.
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#Biography

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
Andre Maurois
#French Writer