Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
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.
We thank God for having created this world, and praise Him for having made another, quite different one, where the wrongs of this one are corrected.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.
All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a little in love with their sins.
There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. 1
It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.
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.'
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. 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!
Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.
One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
It is not customary to love what one has.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. Anatole Franc
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Franc
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. Anatole Franc
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
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.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads. Anatole Franc