Anatole France

Anatole France

French writer (ps. of J. A. Thibault)

Lived from: 1844-1924

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
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    Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
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    I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
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    A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
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    All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
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    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 do know and what you don't.
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    An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
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    Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.
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    History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
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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.
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    If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
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    If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
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    If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
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    Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
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    In art as in love, instinct is enough.
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