In art as in love, instinct is enough.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

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.'

Anatole France
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. Anatole Franc

Anatole France
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. 1
Anatole France

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

Anatole France
It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.
Anatole France

Custom alone regulates morals.

Anatole France
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Anatole France

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.

Anatole France
For a man’s life would become intolerable, if he knew what was going to happen to him. He would be made aware of future evils, and would suffer their agonies in advance, while he would get no joy of present blessings since he would know how they would end. Ignorance is the necessary condition of human happiness, and it has to be admitted that on the whole mankind observes that condition well. We are almost entirely ignorant of ourselves; absolutely of others. In ignorance, we find our bliss; in illusions, our happiness.