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Andre Maurois quotes

Business is a combination of war and sport.

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.

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

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

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.

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

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

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

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

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

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.

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

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