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The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.

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Andre Maurois, or Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog, (July 26, 1885 October 9, 1967) was a French author and man of letters. "Andr Maurois" was a pen name that became his legal name in 1947.

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