Quotations by Andre Malraux

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Born: Sunday, November 3, 1901
Died: Tuesday, November 23, 1976 (75 years old)
Profession: Author
Nationality: French

All art is a revolt against man's fate.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Art, Fate, Man)

Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Age, Music, May, Style)

An art book is a museum without walls.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Art)

And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Destiny, Faces, Man)

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Art, Fate)

Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Communism, Democracy)

Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Genius, World)

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Man)

Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Man, Wishes, World)

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Successful, Ideas, Courage, Failure, Act, Difference, Risk)

Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Nothing, Opium, Suffering)

The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves is what I call hell.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Force, Hell)

The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Artist, Discovery, Order, Painting, Universe)

The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Love, Leader, Duty, First)

Then I despair... I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Love, Time, History, Truth, Despair, End)

There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: War, Fighting, Revolution)

There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Islam, Opium, Woman)

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Nothing)

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Evening, Listening, May, Now, Painting, Want)

War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
- Andre Malraux
(Keywords: Peace, War, Questions)

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