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André Maurois

Birthdate: 26. July 1885
Date of death: 9. October 1967

André Maurois was a French author.



Photo: Studio Harcourt, RMN / Public domain

„The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies.“

—  André Maurois

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Friendship

„A man's power and intelligence are limited. He who wants to do everything will never do anything.“

—  André Maurois

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Working
Context: A man's power and intelligence are limited. He who wants to do everything will never do anything. Only too well do we know those people of uncertain ability who say: "I could be a great musician."..."Business would be easy for me."..."I could surely make success in politics." We may be certain that they will always be amateur musicians, failures in business, and beaten politicians. Napoleon held that the art of war consisted of making oneself strongest at a certain point; in life we must choose a point of attack and concentrate our forces there. The choice of a career must not be left to chance.

„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“

—  André Maurois

Quoted by Will Durant in On the Meaning of Life http://books.google.com/books?id=XH5HAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Either+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%22&pg=PA53#v=onepage (1932)
Context: What shall we know of our death? 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, and do not believe that your life has changed merely because it seems proved that the Earth is empty. You do not live in the Earth, you live in yourself.

„Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true; everything that is not puts us in a rage.“

—  André Maurois

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Friendship

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

—  André Maurois

Les silences du colonel Bramble (The Silence of Colonel Bramble)

„An unsatisfied woman requires luxury, but a woman who is in love with a man will lie on a board.“

—  André Maurois

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Happiness

„In the misfortunes of our best friends, we always find something not unpleasing.“

—  André Maurois

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Friendship

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