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Anatole France quotes (29)

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
Anatole France   Category: Chance

It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem -and in my esteem age is not estimable.
Anatole France   Category: Age

We have drugs to make women speak but none to keep them silent.
Anatole France   Category: Woe

Unhappiness does make people look stupid.
Anatole France   Category: Stupidity

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Anatole France   Category: Unsorted

An education isnt how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. Its being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Anatole France   Category: Education

To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Anatole France   Category: Illusions

Teaching is the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France   Category: Curiosity

It is good to collect things; it is better to take walks.
Anatole France   Category: Collector

The average man who does not know what to do with his life wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France   Category: Eternity

All changes even the most longed for have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!
Anatole France   Category: Change

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Anatole France   Category: Action

To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
Anatole France   Category: Death

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
Anatole France   Category: Understand

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
Anatole France   Category: Lever

It is well for the heart to be naive And for the mind not to be.
Anatole France   Category: Heart

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France   Category: Relax

To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe.
Anatole France   Category: Belief

If fifty million people say a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France   Category: Fool

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France   Category: Enthusiasm

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Anatole France   Category: Sin

The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Anatole France   Category: Adventure

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature in her indifference makes no distinction between good and evil.
Anatole France   Category: Law

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Anatole France   Category: Happiness

Never lend books for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me.
Anatole France   Category: Book

We do not know what to do with this short life yet we want another which will be eternal.
Anatole France   Category: Immortality

When a thing has been said and said well have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Anatole France   Category: Copy

The law in its majestic equality forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges to beg in the streets or to steal bread.
Anatole France   Category: Epithet

Of all sexual aberrations chastity is the strangest.
Anatole France   Category: Chastity