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

-Anatole France
Anatole France

An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind. Anatole Franc

Anatole France
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
Anatole France

All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a little in love with their sins.

Anatole France
Truth possesses within herself a penetrating force, unknown alike to error and falsehood. I say 'truth' and you understand my meaning. For the beautiful words truth and justice need not to be defined in order to be understood in their true sense.
Anatole France

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.

Anatole France
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.
Anatole France

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

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.
Anatole France

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.

Anatole France
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.