Quotes by a Great French Poet Anatole France

Quotes by a Great French Poet Anatole France

Anatole France was a successful novelist of the time and one of the best sellers. His quotes are more towards inspiring and motivating the people in all the ways which help one to find their path to achieve success.

  • God forbids suicide, and is unwilling that his creatures should destroy themselves.
  • We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
  • It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.
  • If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
  • It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.
  • A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
  • I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
  • Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
  • Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
  • When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious
  • The law … allows rich as well as poor to sleep under bridges.
  • In truth man is made rather to eat ices than to pore over old texts.
  • Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world.
  • That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is a military autocracy and there is no public opinion in it.
  • The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
  • When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it..
  • Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.
  • Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand … and our illusions increase with our knowledge.
  • The power of love itself weakens and gradually becomes lost with age, like all the other energies of man.
  • What we call strategy is mainly just crossing rivers on bridges and passing mountains though cols.
  • The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
  • People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
  • In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.
  • I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
  • Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  • Until you have loved an animal, part of your soul will have remained dormant.
  • If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.
  • If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
  • Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
  • It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
  • It is remarkable how great an influence our clothes have on our moral state.
  • Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
  • Justice is the means by which established injustices are sanctioned
  • It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
  • The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.
  • In order that knowledge be properly digested it must have been swallowed with a good appetite.
  • History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
  • Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women’s clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
  • Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Universal peace will be realized, not because man will become better, but because a new order of things, a new science, new economic necessities, will impose peace.
  • We thank God for having created this world, and praise Him for having made another, quite different one, where the wrongs of this one are corrected.
  • If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
  • We have never heard the devil’s side of the story, God wrote all the book.

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