Literary Birthday – 26 July – André Maurois

André Maurois was born 26 July 1885 and died 9 October 1967.


  1. A great writer has a high respect for values. His essential function is to raise life to the dignity of thought, and this he does by giving it a shape.
  2. In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
  3. If men could regard the events of their lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
  4. 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.
  5. Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.
  6. A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
  7. Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
  8. The clear and simple words of common usage are always better than those of erudition. The jargon of the philosophers not seldom conceals an absence of thought.
  9. The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies.
  10. An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.

André Maurois was a French author. He wrote novels, biographies, histories, children’s books, and science fiction stories. Maurois was elected to the prestigious Académie française in 1938. He wrote The Silence of Colonel Bramble.

Source for photo:  Studio Harcourt, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th July 2017