Quotes by Anatole France

Anatole France

Anatole France

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

Alive from: 1844-1924

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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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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    Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
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    It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong.
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    It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
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    It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
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    Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
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    Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
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    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.
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    Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
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    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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    Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
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    Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
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    One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
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