It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

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

Anatole France
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.
Anatole France

For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.

Anatole France
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France

So long as society is founded on injustice, the function of the laws will be to defend injustice. And the more unjust they are the more respectable they will seem.

Anatole France
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Anatole France

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

Anatole France
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
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.

Anatole France
Armenia is dying, but it will survive. The little blood that it still has left is precious blood that will give birth to a heroic generation. A nation that does not want to die, does not die.