In art as in love, instinct is enough.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.
The impotence of God is infinite.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
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.
Intelligent women always marry fools
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
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
For a manâ€™s life would become intolerable, if he knew what was going to happen to him. He would be made aware of future evils, and would suffer their agonies in advance, while he would get no joy of present blessings since he would know how they would end. Ignorance is the necessary condition of h
Play is hand-to-hand encounter with Fate.
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation. Anatole Fr
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
The law ... allows rich as well as poor to sleep under bridges.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.
The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Franc
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Franc
Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Fr
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.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole Fr
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. Anatole Fr
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc