Anatole France, pen name of Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault

France, pen name of Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault

French Novelist, Poet

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To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

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

It is difficult to be a saint in the midst of one’s family.

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.

Chance is perhaps God's pseudonym when he does not want to sign.

We live between two dense clouds the forgetting of what was and the uncertainty of what will be.

We live too much in books and not enough in nature, and we are very much like the simpleton of a Pliny the Younger, who went on studying a Greek author while before his eyes Vesuvius was overwhelming five cities beneath the ashes.

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

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

If I were called upon to choose between beauty and truth, I should not hesitate; I should hold to beauty, being confident that it bears within it truth both higher and deeper than truth itself. I will go so far as to say there is nothing true in the world save beauty.

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.

It is part of human nature to think wise things and do ridiculous ones.

One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.

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

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.

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

There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

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.

War is not an art, and accident alone decides the outcome of battles. If two generals confront each other and both are stupid, one necessarily must win.

A people living under the... threat of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It doesn't not haggle over armaments and military expenditures. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is a fine thing for the financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain.

Christianity, by making love a sin, did Love a great service.

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

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French Novelist, Poet