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Andre Malraux Quotes

An individualism which has got beyond the stage of hedonism tends to yield to the lure of the grandiose. It was not man, the individual, nor even the Supreme Being, that Robespierre set up against Christ; it was that Leviathan, the Nation.
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To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.

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Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man's fate.

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There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.

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Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.

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Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.

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

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War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.

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The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.

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One can fool life for a long time, but in the end it always makes us what we were intended to be.

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Even the West has known the architecture of empty space, whose object, for thousands of years, has been less to construct divine houses, than to create sacred places, to seize upon mystery and to immerse man in it-whether by raising the cyclopean pedestal that surrounds him with stars, or by hollowing out the sanctuary that wraps him in haunted night.

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He who has dreamed for long resembles his dream.

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The thrill of creation which we experience which we experience when we see a masterpiece is not unlike the feeling of the artist who created it; such a work is a fragment of the world which he has annexed and which belongs to him alone.

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Our art culture makes no attempt to search the past for precedents, but transforms the entire past into a sequence of provisional responses to a problem that remains intact.

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Our characteristic response to the mutilated statue, the bronze dug up from the earth, is revealing. It is not that we prefer time-worn bas-reliefs, or rusted statuettes as such, nor is it the vestiges of death that grip us in them, but those of life. Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it - Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism.

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Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted.

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Chanel, General De Gaulle and Picasso are the three most important figures of our time.

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Just as a musician loves music and not nightingales, and a poet loves poetry and not sunsets, a painter is not primarily a person who responds to figures and landscapes. He is primarily one who loves pictures.

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