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Anatole France Quotes

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

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.

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.

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

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

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

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

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

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

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

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

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

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