Anatole France

(Anatole France)

Anatole France
Anatole France
  • Born: April 16, 1844
  • Died: October 12, 1924
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Novelist









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History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. History
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. Poverty
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. Justice & Injustice
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Minorities & Women
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe. Human Nature
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Life
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign. Religion & God
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. Life
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water. Life
In art as in love, instinct is enough. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Inspiration
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Nature
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Nature
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign. Religion & God ;Government
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear. Women
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Silence is the wit of fools.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. Life
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future. Future
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever. Life
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything. Truth ;Life
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war. War & Peace
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Life
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster! Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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