Andre Gide QuotesAndré Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars. The author of "more than fifty books," at the time of his death his obituary in The New York Times described André Gide as "France's greatest contemporary man of letters" and "judged the greatest French writer of this century by the literary cognoscenti."
To understand is nothing, but to be understood-that is the problem and the source of anguish. The soul throbs and would have the other know-but can not and feels isolated. Then come gestures, words, awkward explanations and material symbols for imponderable outbursts of feeling-and the soul despairs.