Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
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.
America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
Of all earthly creatures, humans alone have the power to choose. One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor in complaining about the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Franc
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
I am a physician. I keep a drug-shop of lies. I give relief, consolation. Can one console and relieve without lying? ... Only women and doctors know how necessary and how helpful lies are to men.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
The faculty of doubting is rare among men. A few choice spirits carry the germs of it in them, but these do not develop without training.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
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.
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.
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.
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.
Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the Universe, reveal Him to us as an illogical and unbalanced Being. They declare He is benevolent because they are afraid of Him, but they are forced to admit the truth that His ways are vicious and beyond underst
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. Anatole Franc
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
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.
Silence is the wit of fools.
A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear to be so.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole Fr
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Play is hand-to-hand encounter with Fate.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.