Anatole France Quotes

75 Anatole France quotes:

"What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation."
"A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance."
"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."
"We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal."
"Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign."
"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe."
"Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal."
"There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant."
"Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."
"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."
"It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be."
"Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom."
"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."
"We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best."
"Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest."
"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
"Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream."
"The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything."
"The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads."

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