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Anatole France
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Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name. Anatole France
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The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them. The best sentence? The shortest. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France
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You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists. Anatole France
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There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets. Anatole France
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A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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The future is hidden even from those who make it. Anatole France
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Justice is the sanction of established injustice. Anatole France
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It's not by amusing oneself that one learns. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women. Anatole France
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A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces. Anatole France
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There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion. Anatole France
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It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks. Anatole France
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The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France
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It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. Anatole France
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It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom. Anatole France
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I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. Anatole France
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What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation. Anatole France
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In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. Anatole France
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They were born, they suffered, they died. Anatole France
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The majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France
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Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. Anatole France
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To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. Anatole France
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The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. Anatole France
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The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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In order that knowledge be properly digested it must have been swallowed with a good appetite. Anatole France
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We chase dreams and embrace shadows. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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Our passions are ourselves. Anatole France
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Custom alone regulates morals. Anatole France
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A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order. Anatole France
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A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. [The ability to focus on positives and distract your mind from negatives for at least a time is a necessary skill for being happy.] Anatole France
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An old philosopher said to Monsieur Coignard, a Reverend Father: 'You are a pig!' To which Abad Coignard answered: 'You flatter me, sir. But unfortunately, I'm only a man.' Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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The future is a convenient place for dreams. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
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It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France
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Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear. Anatole France
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One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me. Anatole France
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The majestic equality of laws forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread. Anatole France
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People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them. Anatole France
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Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world. Anatole France
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People who don't count won't count. Anatole France
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Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants. Anatole France
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Armenia is dying, but it will survive. The little blood that it still has left is precious blood that will give birth to a heroic generation. A nation that does not want to die, does not die. Anatole France
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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. Anatole France
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What we call strategy is mainly just crossing rivers on bridges and passing mountains though cols. Anatole France
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The dog is a religious animal. In his savage state he worships the moon and the lights that float upon the waters. These are his gods to whom he appeals at night with long-drawn howls. Anatole France
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True education is the ability to discern the difference between what you do know and what you don't. Anatole France
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Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant. Anatole France
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He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice. Anatole France
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We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent. Anatole France
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God forbids suicide, and is unwilling that his creatures should destroy themselves. Anatole France
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It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. Anatole France
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Never lend books, for no one ever returns them Anatole France
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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. Anatole France
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It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. Anatole France
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Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water. Anatole France
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When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it. Anatole France
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The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. Anatole France
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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 into another! Anatole France
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A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows. Anatole France
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