Words of Wisdom from a Nobel Prize Winner: Andre Gide

Andre Gide was a prolific French writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. He died four years later, at the age of 81.

Gide lived a controversial life – travelling widely and committing whole-heartedly to exploring the internal life as well. His work explored on-going tensions between a strict artistic discipline, an inherited puritanical moralism, and the desire for unlimited sensual indulgence and abandonment to life. He wanted to know – how can a person be fully themselves while not betraying their morals or values?

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.


It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.

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Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.

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Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.

painting by Josephine Wall

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  1. Shobha
    Shobha says:

    Amazing word of wisdom!!!
    Each one needs to be read many times , till you get the depth of the thought. Lovely words and beautiful photographs.


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