It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole Fr
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire.
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. Anatole Fr
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.
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
What we call happiness is what we do not know.
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.
The best sentence? The shortest.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole Fr
What men call civilization is the condition of present customs; what they call barbarism, the condition of past ones.
Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole Franc
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole Franc
The Arab who built himself a hut with marbles from the temple of Palmyra is more philosophical than all the curators of the museums of London, Paris, and Munich.
In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
Dog! When we first met on the highway of life, we came from the two poles of creation.... What can be the meaning of the obscure love for me that has sprung up in your heart?
Unhappiness does make people look stupid.
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.
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.
A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.