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.
It is by acts, and not by ideas, that people ensure the bar down the street cannot have a patio.
A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reform. It does not haggle over expenditures for armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers
There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women.
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.'
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.
God, conquered, will become Satan; Satan, conquering, will become God. May the fates spare me this terrible lot; I love the Hell which formed my genius. I love the Earth where I have done some good, if it be possible to do any good in this fearful world where beings live but by rapine.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole Franc
The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy
Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
Silence is the wit of fools.
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice.
Word-carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry: you must join your sentences smoothly.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. Anatole Franc
For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.
If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
The Kingdom of Heaven is a military autocracy and there is no public opinion in it.
Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them
America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. Anatole Fr
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind. Anatole Franc
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.