Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.
It is not easy to be a pretty woman without causing mischief.
A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Fr
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Word-carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry: you must join your sentences smoothly.
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!
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
We live between two dense clouds; the forgetting of what was and the uncertainty of what will be.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.
Irony and pity are two good counselors: one, in smiling, makes life pleasurable; the other, who cries, makes it sacred.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Franc
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.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads. Anatole Franc
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. [The ability to focus on positives and distract your mind from negatives for at least a time is a necessary skill for being happy.]
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.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.