Anatole France

French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)

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It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
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.
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.
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 do know and what you don't.
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.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
If a million people say a foolish thing, is it still a foolish thing.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
It is better to understand little than to understand a lot.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Never lend books - nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.
Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
People who have no faults are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them
People who have no weaknesses are terrible there is no way of taking advantage of them.
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.
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.
The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.
The impotence of God is infinite.
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.
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.
The pseudonym for God when He did not want to sign.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy.
There is a certain impertinance in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream not only plan, but also believe.
To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price on conjecture.
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

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