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

Dog! When we first met on the highway of life, we came from the two poles of creation.... What can be the meaning of the obscure love for me that has sprung up in your heart?

Anatole France
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Anatole France

It is by acts, and not by ideas, that people ensure the bar down the street cannot have a patio.

Anatole France
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
Anatole France

The future is a convenient place for dreams.

Anatole France
We find it hard to picture to ourselves the state of mind of a man of older days who firmly believed that the Earth was the centre of the Universe, and that all the heavenly bodies revolved around it. He could feel beneath his feet the writhings of the damned amid the flames; very likely he had seen with his own eyes and smelt with his own nostrils the sulphurous fumes of Hell escaping from some fissure in the rocks. Looking upwards, he beheld ... the incorruptible firmament, wherein the stars hung like so many lamps.
Anatole France

We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.

Anatole France
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.