In art as in love, instinct is enough.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.

Anatole France
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Anatole France

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.

Anatole France
I am a physician. I keep a drug-shop of lies. I give relief, consolation. Can one console and relieve without lying? ... Only women and doctors know how necessary and how helpful lies are to men.
Anatole France

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

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

Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire.

Anatole France
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France

Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.

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.