Best Andre Maurois Quotes

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.

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

Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.

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

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

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

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

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

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

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

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.

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

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game 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.

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

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

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

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.

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

Business is a combination of war and sport.

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

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.

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