In art as in love, instinct is enough.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

Christianity has done a great deal for love by making a sin of it.

Anatole France
I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.
Anatole France

A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows.

Anatole France
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
Anatole France

Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the Universe, reveal Him to us as an illogical and unbalanced Being. They declare He is benevolent because they are afraid of Him, but they are forced to admit the truth that His ways are vicious and beyond understanding. They attribute a malignity to Him seldom to be found in any human being. And that is how they get human beings to worship Him. For our miserable species would never lavish worship on a just and benevolent God from whom they had nothing to fear.

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

Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand ... and our illusions increase with our knowledge.

Anatole France
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Anatole France

You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists.

Anatole France
True education is the ability to discern the difference between what you do know and what you don't.