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By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Good angels are fallible ... they sin every day and fall from Heaven like flies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

What men call civilization is the condition of present customs; what they call barbarism, the condition of past ones.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

I sought out the laws which govern nature, solid or ethereal, and after much pondering I perceived that the Universe had not been formed as its pretended Creator would have us believe; I knew that all that exists, exists of itself and not by the caprice of Iahveh; that the world is itself its own creator and the spirit its own God. Henceforth I despised Iahveh for his imposture, and I hated him because he showed himself to be opposed to all that I found desirable and good: liberty, curiosity, doubt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

We chase dreams and embrace shadows.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

Without the Utopians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked. It was Utopians who traced the lines of the first City.....Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities. Utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better future.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

For a man’s life would become intolerable, if he knew what was going to happen to him. He would be made aware of future evils, and would suffer their agonies in advance, while he would get no joy of present blessings since he would know how they would end. Ignorance is the necessary condition of human happiness, and it has to be admitted that on the whole mankind observes that condition well. We are almost entirely ignorant of ourselves; absolutely of others. In ignorance, we find our bliss; in illusions, our happiness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

The power of love itself weakens and gradually becomes lost with age, like all the other energies of man.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Christianity has done a great deal for love by making a sin of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anatole France

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

We find it hard to picture to ourselves the state of mind of a man of older days who firmly believed that the Earth was the centre of the Universe, and that all the heavenly bodies revolved around it. He could feel beneath his feet the writhings of the damned amid the flames; very likely he had seen with his own eyes and smelt with his own nostrils the sulphurous fumes of Hell escaping from some fissure in the rocks. Looking upwards, he beheld ... the incorruptible firmament, wherein the stars hung like so many lamps.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anatole France

To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. (From an introductory speech at a session of the Académie Française, December 24, 1896)

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anatole France

They did not understand that war, which trained courage and founded the cities of barbarous and ignorant men, brings to victor himself but ruin and misery, and is nothing but a horrible and stupid crime when nations are united together by common bonds of art, science, and trade.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Dog! When we first met on the highway of life, we came from the two poles of creation.... What can be the meaning of the obscure love for me that has sprung up in your heart?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

Ignorance is the necessary condition, i do not say of happiness, but of life itself. If we knew everything, we could not endure existence a single hour. The sentiments that make it sweet to us, or at any rate tolerable, spring from a falsehood, and are fed on illusions. If, like God, a man possessed the truth, the sole and perfect truth, and once let it escape out of his hands, the world would be annihilated there and then, and the universe melt away instantly like a shadow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

Epicure a dit: ou Dieu veut empêcher le mal et ne le peut, ou il le peut et ne le veut, ou il ne le peut ni ne le veut, ou il le veut et le peut. S'il le veut et ne le peut, il est impuissant; s'il le peut et ne le veut, il est pervers; s'il ne le peut ni ne le veut, il est impuissant et pervers; s'il le veut et le peut, que ne le fait-il, mon père ?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

In truth man is made rather to eat ices than to pore over old texts.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anatole France

Suffering — how divine it is, how misunderstood! 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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