Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Andre Malraux

The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves is what I call hell.
Andre Malraux
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There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Andre Malraux
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Andre Malraux
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
Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.
Andre Malraux
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
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
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
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
Andre Malraux
Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man's fate.
Andre Malraux
Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
Andre Malraux
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
Andre Malraux
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
Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
Andre Malraux
Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.
Andre Malraux
Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
Andre Malraux
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
An art book is a museum without walls.
Andre Malraux
War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
Andre Malraux