Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream. Anatole Franc
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.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Franc
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
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.
The best sentence? The shortest.
God forbids suicide, and is unwilling that his creatures should destroy themselves.
Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Franc
Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
Intelligent women always marry fools
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
Silence is the wit of fools.
America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
What we call happiness is what we do not know.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement. Anatole Franc
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France 1
In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
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.