"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Andre Gide on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Andre Gide on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Andre Gide on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Andre Gide on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Andre Gide on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor."
"The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced."
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."
"Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor."
"There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome."