Irony and pity are two good counselors: one, in smiling, makes life pleasurable; the other, who cries, makes it sacred.
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.
The impotence of God is infinite.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. Anatole Franc
Silence is the wit of fools.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them
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.
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.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best. Anatole Fr
The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.
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.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream. Anatole Franc
The dog is a religious animal. In his savage state he worships the moon and the lights that float upon the waters. These are his gods to whom he appeals at night with long-drawn howls.
If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.
What men call civilization is the condition of present customs; what they call barbarism, the condition of past ones.
It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.
A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads. Anatole Franc
Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Yet, every now and then, there would pass a young girl, slender, fair and desirable, arousing in young men a not ignoble desire to possess her, and stirring in old men regrets for ecstasy not seized and now forever past.
Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.
Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.