Andre Malraux Quotes

The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.

Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.

Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved.

And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.

The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves – is what I call hell.

A break in the established order is never the work of chance. It is the outcome of a man’s resolve to turn life to account.

The voice of the artist draws its strength from his being born to a loneliness that calls out to the Universe to give it a human voice, and in the great art of the past there survives for us the invincible inner voice of vanished civilizations… Each masterpiece purifies the world, and their common lesson […]

You can only make art that talks to the masses when you have nothing to say to them.

In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man’s questioning is more important than his answers.

All art is a revolt against man’s fate.