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Anatole France quotes

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

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

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

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.

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

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.

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.

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

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

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

The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.