Best quotes by the French Novelist Anatole France

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
  • Growth

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
  • Education

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
  • Humanity

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
  • Sanity



To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
  • Ambition

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
  • Actions

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

It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
  • Innocence

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
  • Reading

It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
  • Understanding

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.
  • Education

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
  • Imagination

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
  • Love

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
  • Art

There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
  • Shopping

A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
  • Authors

We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
  • Ego

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
  • Humanity

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
  • Nature

The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
  • Criticism

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
  • Ignorance

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
  • DeceptionLying

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
  • Enthusiasm

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

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.
  • Adversity

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
  • Future

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
  • History

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
  • Money

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
  • Teaching

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


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The pseudonym for God when He did not want to sign.
  • Chance

Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.
  • Chance

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  • chance

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!
  • able

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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 another.
  • change

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
  • another

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
  • bread

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The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
  • beg

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.
  • beg

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
  • bread

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The fool does think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
  • fool

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
  • absurd

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!
  • able

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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.
  • Fashion

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
  • absurd

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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 another.
  • change

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
  • animals

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
  • Innocence

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
  • Irony



Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are those that other folks have lent me.
  • Libraries

The fool does think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
  • fool

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  • Censorship

The pseudonym for God when He did not want to sign.
  • Chance

Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.
  • Chance

Night has come! Leaning from the window, we gaze at the vast sombre stretch of the city below us, pierced with multitudinous points of light. Jeanne presses her hand to her forehead as she leans upon the window-bar, and seems a little sad. And I say to myself as I watch her: All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves: we must die in one life before we can enter into another! And as if answering my thought, the young girl murmurs to me. My guardian, I am so happy; and still I feel as if I wanted to cry!
  • Change

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.
  • Dogs

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
  • Fashion

It is almost 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 difference between right and wrong.
  • Morals

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
  • Plagiarism

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.
  • Poverty

War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
  • abolish

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  • chance

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
  • beg

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
  • aberrations

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

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
  • foolish

Silence is the wit of fools.
  • fools

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
  • another

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
  • enthusiasm

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
  • absurd

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
  • little

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.
  • beg

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
  • ask

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
  • copy

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.
  • books

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
  • dream

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
  • bread

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!
  • able

Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
  • chastity

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
  • curiosity


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