The impotence of God is infinite.
You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them. The best sentence? The shortest.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
It is not customary to love what one has.
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.
Intelligent women always marry fools
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole Fr
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Fr
Our passions are ourselves.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.
The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.
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
I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Anatole Fr
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.
The future is a convenient place for dreams.
Religion has done love a great servive by making it a sin.
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 fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr