You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
Play is hand-to-hand encounter with Fate.
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be
An old philosopher said to Monsieur Coignard, a Reverend Father: 'You are a pig!' To which Abad Coignard answered: 'You flatter me, sir. But unfortunately, I'm only a man.'
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Franc
If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
The Arab who built himself a hut with marbles from the temple of Palmyra is more philosophical than all the curators of the museums of London, Paris, and Munich.
Irony and pity are two good counselors: one, in smiling, makes life pleasurable; the other, who cries, makes it sacred.
For the majority of people , though they do not know what to do with this life , long for another that shall have no end .
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.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
People who don't count won't count.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Anatole Fr
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
The faculty of doubting is rare among men. A few choice spirits carry the germs of it in them, but these do not develop without training.
A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear to be so.
The impotence of God is infinite.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Armenia is dying, but it will survive. The little blood that it still has left is precious blood that will give birth to a heroic generation. A nation that does not want to die, does not die.
It is remarkable how great an influence our clothes have on our moral state.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
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!