André Maurois was born 26 July 1885 and died 9 October 1967
- 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.
- In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
- If men could regard the events of their lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
- 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.
- 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.
- A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
- Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
- 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.
- The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies.
- An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
André Maurois was a French author. He wrote novels, biographies, histories, children’s books, and science fiction stories. Maurois was elected to the prestigious Académie française in 1938. He wrote The Silence of Colonel Bramble.
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