The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
We live between two dense clouds; the forgetting of what was and the uncertainty of what will be.
A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand ... and our illusions increase with our knowledge.
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.
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.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
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.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them. The best sentence? The shortest.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole Franc
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France 1
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best. Anatole Fr
Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
Justice is the sanction of established injustice.
America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
So long as society is founded on injustice, the function of the laws will be to defend injustice. And the more unjust they are the more respectable they will seem.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. Anatole Fr
It is not easy to be a pretty woman without causing mischief.
A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces.