April 16, 1844 - October 12, 1924

Novelist


61 Greatest Quotes By Anatole France

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. Anatole France
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. Anatole France
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. Anatole France
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks. Anatole France
Je tiens à mon imperfection comme à ma raison d'être. Anatole France
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. Anatole France
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom. Anatole France
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole France
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France
J'ai toujours préféré la folie des passions à la sagesse de l'indifférence. Anatole France
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all. Anatole France
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. Anatole France
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. Anatole France
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole France
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. Anatole France
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads. Anatole France
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book. Anatole France
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole France
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. . Anatole France
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything. Anatole France
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. Anatole France
The more you say, the less they remember. Anatole France
I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being. Anatole France
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream. Anatole France
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be. Anatole France
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance? Anatole France
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. Anatole France
Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you. Anatole France
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear. Anatole France
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future. Anatole France
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water. Anatole France
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind. Anatole France
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever. Anatole France
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant. Anatole France
Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not. Anatole France
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned. Anatole France
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. Anatole France
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. Anatole France
The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts. Anatole France
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. Anatole France
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home. Anatole France
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. Anatole France
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation. Anatole France