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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

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

Word-carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry: you must join your sentences smoothly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand ... and our illusions increase with our knowledge.

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 14 Sep

Anatole France

Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.

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 15 Sep

Anatole France

Truth possesses within herself a penetrating force, unknown alike to error and falsehood. I say 'truth' and you understand my meaning. For the beautiful words truth and justice need not to be defined in order to be understood in their true sense.

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 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

The future is a convenient place for dreams.

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 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 16 Sep

Anatole France

It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

The heart errs like the head; its errors are not any the less fatal, and we have more trouble getting free of them because of their sweetness.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Anatole France

Man is summed up in Art. All the rest is moonshine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

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 13 Sep

Anatole France

A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

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 13 Sep

Anatole France

An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the Universe, reveal Him to us as an illogical and unbalanced Being. They declare He is benevolent because they are afraid of Him, but they are forced to admit the truth that His ways are vicious and beyond understanding. They attribute a malignity to Him seldom to be found in any human being. And that is how they get human beings to worship Him. For our miserable species would never lavish worship on a just and benevolent God from whom they had nothing to fear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

Distrust even Mathematics; albeit so sublime and highly perfected, we have here a machine of such delicacy it can only work in vacuo, and one grain of sand in the wheels is enough to put everything out of gear. One shudders to think to what disaster such a grain of sand may bring a Mathematical brain. Remember Pascal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

I ought not to fear to survive my own people so long as there are men in the world; for there are always some whom one can love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anatole France

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

An old philosopher said to Monsieur Coignard, a Reverend Father: 'You are a pig!' To which Abad Coignard answered: 'You flatter me, sir. But unfortunately, I'm only a man.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear to be so.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 19 Sep

Anatole France

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Anatole France

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

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 15 Sep

Anatole France

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