The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.

-Anatole France
Anatole France

Silence is the wit of fools.

Anatole France
Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
Anatole France

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 understanding. They attribute a malignity to Him seldom to be found in any human being. And that is how they get human beings to worship Him. For our miserable species would never lavish worship on a just and benevolent God from whom they had nothing to fear.

Anatole France
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
Anatole France

America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.

Anatole France
The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.
Anatole France

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

Anatole France
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
Anatole France

For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.

Anatole France
It is remarkable how great an influence our clothes have on our moral state.