Andre Maurois Quotes

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence – and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.

If, in New York, you arrive late for an appointment, say, “I took a taxi.”

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – gunpowder and romantic love.

All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline will seem delightful by contrast.

We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognize our qualities.

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.

In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.