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Anatole France

Anatole France , born Jacques Anatole François Thibault, was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
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He who lives little, changes little.

Anatole France

I have no objection on principle to make to the guillotine. Nature, my only mistress and my only instructress, certainly offers me no suggestion to the effect that a man's life is of any value; on the contrary, she teaches in all kinds of ways that it is of none. The sole end and object of living beings seems to be to serve as food for other beings destined to the same end. Murder is of natural right; therefore, the penalty of death is lawful, on condition it is exercised from no motives either of virtue or of justice, but by necessity or to gain some profit thereby. However, I must have perverse intincts, for I sicken to see blood flow, and this defect of character all my philosophy has failed so far to correct.

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When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France

...it is not by reflection and intelligence, but by perception, that the highest and purest truths are attained.

Anatole France

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

Anatole France

Ignorance is a necessary condition of human happiness, and it must be owned that in most cases we fulfill it well. We know almost nothing about ourselves; absolutely nothing about our neighbors. Ignorance constitutes our peace of mind; self- deception our felicity.

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The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.

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Never lend books - nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.

Anatole France

The people who have no weakness are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

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. . .everyone took an interest in the conversation, for each one was interested in what he or she said.

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

Anatole France

Be gentle and learn how to suffer. When one suffers patiently, one suffers less.

Anatole France

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

Anatole France

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

Anatole France

I love reason, but I am no fanatic in my love. Reason is our guide and beacon-light; but when you have made a divinity of it, it will blind you and instigate you to crime.

Anatole France

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

Anatole France

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

Anatole France

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.

Anatole France

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

Anatole France

The impotence of God is infinite.

Anatole France

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

Anatole France

When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

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Our pains are no excuse for slandering the world.

Anatole France

Who ever enters here, honors me; who ever does not-- pleases me.

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