To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
People who don't count won't count.
Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.
It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Anatole Fr
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole Fr
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole Franc
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
Intelligent women always marry fools
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world.
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.'
A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads. Anatole Franc
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
Silence is the wit of fools.
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Franc
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
The best sentence? The shortest.
Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.
It is not easy to be a pretty woman without causing mischief.
It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.