Anatole France

Anatole France

Anatole France (born François-Anatole Thibault, 16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

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

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

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.

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

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.

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

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

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

If the path be beautiful let us not ask where it leads.

The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges to beg in the streets and to steal bread.

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.

Silence is the wit of fools.

It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.

The fool doth think he is wise but the wise man knows himself a fool.

Of all the ways of defining man the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.

Never lend books for no one ever returns them, the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.

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.

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