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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

In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. Anatole France

You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists. Anatole France

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them. The best sentence? The shortest. Anatole France

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

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

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

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

A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid. Anatole France

A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces. Anatole France

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion. Anatole France

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

In order that knowledge be properly digested it must have been swallowed with a good appetite. Anatole France

We chase dreams and embrace shadows. Anatole France

It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks. Anatole France

There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women. Anatole France

In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. Anatole France

The future is hidden even from those who make it. Anatole France

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

Justice is the sanction of established injustice. Anatole France

It's not by amusing oneself that one learns. Anatole France

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

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

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. Anatole France

They were born, they suffered, they died. Anatole France

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

To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. Anatole France

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. Anatole France

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. Anatole France

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

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

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. Anatole France

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation. Anatole France

It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom. Anatole France

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

Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants. Anatole France

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

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

What we call strategy is mainly just crossing rivers on bridges and passing mountains though cols. Anatole France

The future is a convenient place for dreams. Anatole France

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

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

Custom alone regulates morals. Anatole France

A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order. Anatole France

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

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

People who don't count won't count. Anatole France

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them. Anatole France

Our passions are ourselves. Anatole France

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Anatole France

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

Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world. Anatole France

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

He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and this pretension itself is a very great prejudice. Anatole France

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

God forbids suicide, and is unwilling that his creatures should destroy themselves. Anatole France

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

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them Anatole France

A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows. Anatole France

Change is the essence of life. Anatole France

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

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. Anatole France

Ugly women may be naturally quite as capricious as pretty ones; but as they are never petted and spoiled, and as no allowances are made for them, they soon find themselves obliged either to suppress their whims or to hide them. Anatole France

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

True education is the ability to discern the difference between what you do know and what you don't. Anatole France

Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant. Anatole France

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. Anatole France

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. Anatole France

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