I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned
There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
Without the Utopians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked. It was Utopians who traced the lines of the first City.....Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities. Utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better future.
A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows.
Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Franc
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.'
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. Anatole Fr
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole Franc
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. Anatole Franc
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!
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.
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.
The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole Franc
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
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.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole Fr
Universal peace will be realized, not because man will become better, but because a new order of things, a new science, new economic necessities, will impose peace.