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André Maurois

1885-1967. Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog. French author and man of letters.

Books by André Maurois

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.

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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.

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

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

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Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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