The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author’s life.
Maurois, Andre quotes
- "There are deserts in every life, and the desert must… "There are deserts in every life, and the desert must be depicted if we are to give a fair and complete idea of the country." - Andre Maurois
- "A great biography should, like the close of a great… "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." - Andre Maurois
- "Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned… "Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions." - Andre Maurois
- "Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things… "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." - Andre Maurois