Anatole France Quotes

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People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)
To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France (Speech at a French Academy, 1896)
Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned.
Anatole France (Crainquebille, 1903)
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when He did not want to sign.
Anatole France (The Garden of Epicurus, 1895)
Life teaches us that we are never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Anatole France
It is by acts, and not by ideas that people live.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888-1892)
The history books which contain no lies are extremely tedious.
Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)
All religions breed crime.
Anatole France (Thais, 1890)
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888-1892)
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France (The Revolt of the Angels, 1914)
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)
Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.
Anatole France
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888 - 1892)
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)
We reproach people for talking about themselves but it is the subject they treat best.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888-1892)
The Kingdom of Heaven is a military autocracy and there is no public opinion in it.
Anatole France (The Revolt of the Angels, 1914)
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Anatole France (Mother of Pearl, 1892)
Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.
Anatole France (The Revolt of the Angels, 1914)


A good critic is one who describes his adventures among masterpieces.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888-1892)
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the wisdom of indifference.
Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)
You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists.
Anatole France (L'Humanité, 1922)
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds, if you cannot comprehend them.
Anatole France (The Literary Life, 1888-1892)
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.
Anatole France
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Anatole France (The Garden of Epicurus, 1895)
When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple: take it and copy it.
Anatole France
It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.
Anatole France (Le Livre de Mon Ami, 1885)
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
Anatole France
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything. 
Anatole France (Quoted in The Ironic Temper: Anatole France and His Time, 1932)
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Anatole France Biography

Born: April 16, 1844
Died: October 12, 1924

Anatole France was a French novelist, poet and journalist. He is best known for his many succesful novels and was also considered to be a revered man of letters. He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.

Notable Works

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)
Thaïs
(1890)
The Garden of Epicurus (1895)
A Chronicle of Our Own Times (1897-1901)
Crainquebille (1903)
Penguin Island (1908)
The Gods Are Athirst (1912)
The Revolt of the Angels (1914)
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