Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream. Anatole Franc
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Fr
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant.
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.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear to be so.
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
Play is hand-to-hand encounter with Fate.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France 1
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
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
It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. Anatole Franc
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
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.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
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.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.