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.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.

Anatole France
Good angels are fallible ... they sin every day and fall from Heaven like flies.
Anatole France

Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.

Anatole France
What men call civilization is the condition of present customs; what they call barbarism, the condition of past ones.
Anatole France

The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

Anatole France
There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
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
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France

God, conquered, will become Satan; Satan, conquering, will become God. May the fates spare me this terrible lot; I love the Hell which formed my genius. I love the Earth where I have done some good, if it be possible to do any good in this fearful world where beings live but by rapine.

Anatole France
It is remarkable how great an influence our clothes have on our moral state.