Anatole France Top 10 Quotes


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

Anatole France (Le Petit Pierre, 1918)


The Kingdom of Heaven is a military autocracy and there is no public opinion in it.

Anatole France (The Revolt of the Angels, 1914)


Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.

Anatole France (The Revolt of the Angels, 1914)


People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)


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)


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

Anatole France


Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.

Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)


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.

Anatole France (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, 1881)


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

Anatole France


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)

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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)
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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