That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
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.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. Anatole Franc
It is by acts, and not by ideas, that people ensure the bar down the street cannot have a patio.
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
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
What men call civilization is the condition of present customs; what they call barbarism, the condition of past ones.
Silence is the wit of fools.
The future is a convenient place for dreams.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
Good angels are fallible ... they sin every day and fall from Heaven like flies.
The Kingdom of Heaven is a military autocracy and there is no public opinion in it.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. 1
Custom alone regulates morals.
People who don't count won't count.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
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.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
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.