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Maurois, André

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.

  • A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.

  • 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.

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

  • No one can be profoundly original who avoids eccentricity.

  • Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us, that the most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.