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For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A
For knowledge to be digested, it must be absorbed with relish," wrote Anatole France.Anonymous Anatole France Sayings By Anonymous: For knowledge to be digested, it must be absorbed with relish," wrote Anatole France.
Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Caress your phrase tenderly; it will end by smiling at you.
No," answered the Lord. "The remedy would be worse than the disease. It would be the ruin of the priesthood if essence prevailed over form in the laws of salvation." "Alas! Lord," sighed the humble Probus. "Be persuaded by my humble experience; as long as you reduce your sacraments to formulas your justice will meet with terrible obstacles.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: No," answered the Lord. "The remedy would be worse than the disease. It would be
Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the Universe, reveal Him to us as an illogical and unbalanced Being. They declare He is benevolent because they are afraid of Him, but they are forced to admit the truth that His ways are vicious and beyond understanding. They attribute a malignity to Him seldom to be found in any human being. And that is how they get human beings to worship Him. For our miserable species would never lavish worship on a just and benevolent God from whom they had nothing to fear.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Theologians and philosophers, who make God the creator of Nature and the architect of the
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them. The best sentence? The shortest.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you can't understand them.
He left Penguinia impoverished and depopulated. The flower of the insula perished in his wars. At the time of his fall there were left in our country none but the hunchbacks and cripples from whom we are descended. But he gave us glory." "He made you pay dearly for it!" "Glory never costs too much," replied my guide.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: He left Penguinia impoverished and depopulated. The flower of the insula perished in his wars.
There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make love is all the law and the prophets.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: There is only one science, love, one riches, love, only one policy, love. To make
In order that knowledge be properly digested it must have been swallowed with a good appetite.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: In order that knowledge be properly digested it must have been swallowed with a good
All writers of confessions from Augustine on down, have always remained a little in love with their sins.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: All writers of confessions from Augustine on down, have always remained a little in love
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: 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.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Remember what Anatole France said about the dog masturbating on your leg
'Sure, it's honest, but who needs it?
Richard Yates Anatole France Sayings By Richard Yates: Remember what Anatole France said about the dog masturbating on your leg'Sure, it's honest, but
It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.
Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand ... and our illusions increase with our knowledge.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Men are not created to know, men are not created to understand ... and our
What if the police couldn't tell a loyal person just by color? What if there were enough people around who looked white but were really enemies of official society so that the cops couldn't tell whom to beat and whom to let off? What would they do then? They would begin to "enforce the law impartially," as the liberals say, beating only those who "deserve" it. But, as Anatole France noted, the law, in its majestic equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. The standard that normally governs police behavior is wealth and its external manifestations - dress, speech, etc. At the present time, the class bias of the law is partially repressed by racial considerations; the removal of those considerations would give it free rein. Whites who are poor would find themselves on the receiving end of police justice as black people now do.Anonymous Anatole France Sayings By Anonymous: What if the police couldn't tell a loyal person just by color? What if there
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
Unhappiness does make people look stupid.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Unhappiness does make people look stupid.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain
It is possible that these millions of suns, along with thousands of millions more we cannot see, make up altogether but a globule of blood or lymph in the veins of an animal, of a minute insect, hatched in a world of whose vastness we can frame no conception, but which nevertheless would itself, in proportion to some other world, be no more than a speck of dust.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is possible that these millions of suns, along with thousands of millions more we
It is not easy to be a pretty woman without causing mischief.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is not easy to be a pretty woman without causing mischief.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is
There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of
A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: A dictionary is merely the universe arranged in alphabetical order.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate
Good angels are fallible ... they sin every day and fall from Heaven like flies.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Good angels are fallible ... they sin every day and fall from Heaven like flies.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Without the Utopians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked. It was Utopians who traced the lines of the first City ... Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities. Utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better future.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Without the Utopians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked.
But canst thou only die, withered embryo, foetus steeped in gall and scalding tears? Miserable abortion, dost thou think thou canst taste death, thou who hast never known life? If only God exists, that he may damn me. I hope for it. I wish it. God, I hate Thee! dost Thou hear? Overwhelm me with Thy damnation. To compel Thee to, I spit in Thy face. I must find an eternal hell, to exhaust the eternity of rage which consumes me.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: But canst thou only die, withered embryo, foetus steeped in gall and scalding tears? Miserable
He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and his pretension itself is a very great prejudice.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: He flattered himself on being a man without any prejudices; and his pretension itself is
In truth man is made rather to eat ices than to pore over old texts.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: In truth man is made rather to eat ices than to pore over old texts.
Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.
The Arab who built himself a hut with marbles from the temple of Palmyra is more philosophical than all the curators of the museums of London, Paris, and Munich.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The Arab who built himself a hut with marbles from the temple of Palmyra is
When it does not yield to the rudder," said he to them, "the ship yields to the rock.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: When it does not yield to the rudder," said he to them, "the ship yields
We find it hard to picture to ourselves the state of mind of a man of older days who firmly believed that the Earth was the centre of the Universe, and that all the heavenly bodies revolved around it. He could feel beneath his feet the writhings of the damned amid the flames; very likely he had seen with his own eyes and smelt with his own nostrils the sulphurous fumes of Hell escaping from some fissure in the rocks. Looking upwards, he beheld ... the incorruptible firmament, wherein the stars hung like so many lamps.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We find it hard to picture to ourselves the state of mind of a man
Truth possesses within herself a penetrating force, unknown alike to error and falsehood. I say 'truth' and you understand my meaning. For the beautiful words truth and justice need not to be defined in order to be understood in their true sense.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Truth possesses within herself a penetrating force, unknown alike to error and falsehood. I say
I sought out the laws which govern nature, solid or ethereal, and after much pondering I perceived that the Universe had not been formed as its pretended Creator would have us believe; I knew that all that exists, exists of itself and not by the caprice of Iahveh; that the world is itself its own creator and the spirit its own God. Henceforth I despised Iahveh for his imposture, and I hated him because he showed himself to be opposed to all that I found desirable and good: liberty, curiosity, doubt.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: I sought out the laws which govern nature, solid or ethereal, and after much pondering
It is not customary to love what one hasAnatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is not customary to love what one has
If you have not loved an animal, your soul remains unawakened.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: If you have not loved an animal, your soul remains unawakened.
It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
A man thinks he is dying for his country," said Anatole France, "but he is dying for a few industrialists." But even that is saying too much. What one dies for is not even so substantial and tangible as an industrialist.Simone Weil Anatole France Sayings By Simone Weil: A man thinks he is dying for his country," said Anatole France, "but he is
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.
All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a little in love with their sins.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a
The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
I must beg very serious persons not to read this. It is not written for them. It is not written for grave people who despise trifles and who always require to be instructed. I only venture to offer this to those who like to be entertained, and whose minds are both young and gay. Only those who are amused by innocent pleasures will read this to the end.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: I must beg very serious persons not to read this. It is not written for
The power of love itself weakens and gradually becomes lost with age, like all the other energies of man.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The power of love itself weakens and gradually becomes lost with age, like all the
Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Jealousy is a virtue of democracies which preserves them from tyrants.
Within every one of us there lives both a Don Quixote and a
Sancho Panza to whom we hearken by turns; and though Sancho
most persuades us, it is Don Quixote that we find ourselves obliged
to admire ...
Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Within every one of us there lives both a Don Quixote and aSancho Panza to
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
You see, Dimitri and I, we are both suffering from ennui! We have still the match-boxes. But at last one gets tired even of match-boxes. Besides, our collection will soon be complete. And then what are we going to do?
'Oh, Madame!' I exclaimed, touched by the moral unhappiness of this pretty person, 'if you only had a son, then you would know what to do. You would then learn the purpose of your life, and your thoughts would become at once more serious and yet more cheerful.'
'But I have a son,' she replied. 'He is a big boy; he is eleven years old, and he suffers from ennui like the rest of us. Yes, my George has ennui, too; he is tired of everything. It is very wretched.
Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: You see, Dimitri and I, we are both suffering from ennui! We have still the
The future is hidden even from those who make it.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The future is hidden even from those who make it.
A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.
There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women.
We love truly only those we love even in their weakness and their poverty. To forbear, to forgive, to console, that alone is the science of love.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We love truly only those we love even in their weakness and their poverty. To
I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.
Great courage was required to engage in such an adventure. But George was in love and Freeheart was faithful. And as the most delightful of poets says
What cannot Friendship guided by sweet Love?
Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Great courage was required to engage in such an adventure. But George was in love
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance?Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven
The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges.
And what, above all, I blame in you is that you have not married in compliance with the law and given children to the Republic, as every good citizen is bound to do.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: And what, above all, I blame in you is that you have not married in
I ought not to fear to survive my own people so long as there are men in the world; for there are always some whom one can love.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: I ought not to fear to survive my own people so long as there are
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Ah! Yes, the truth, that ingenious concoction of desirability of appearance.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Ah! Yes, the truth, that ingenious concoction of desirability of appearance.
Armenia is dying, but it will survive. The little blood that is left is precious blood that will give birth to a heroic generation. A nation that does not want to die, does not die. April 9, 1916 SorbonneAnatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Armenia is dying, but it will survive. The little blood that is left is precious
There, in a livid light, the demons tormented the souls of the damned. The souls preserved the appearance of the bodies which had held them, and even wore some rags of clothing. These souls seemed peaceful in the midst of their torments.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: There, in a livid light, the demons tormented the souls of the damned. The souls
Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world.
Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants
America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
We thank God for having created this world, and praise Him for having made another, quite different one, where the wrongs of this one are corrected.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We thank God for having created this world, and praise Him for having made another,
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another
The law, in its majestic impartiality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep under the bridges of Paris.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The law, in its majestic impartiality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep under
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for
What we call happiness is what we do not know.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: What we call happiness is what we do not know.
Ugly women may be naturally quite as capricious as pretty ones; but as they are never petted and spoiled, and as no allowances are made for them, they soon find themselves obliged either to suppress their whims or to hide them.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Ugly women may be naturally quite as capricious as pretty ones; but as they are
The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
The best sentence? The shortest.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The best sentence? The shortest.
One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind
A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reform. It does not haggle over expenditures for armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to
Yet, every now and then, there would pass a young girl, slender, fair and desirable, arousing in young men a not ignoble desire to possess her, and stirring in old men regrets for ecstasy not seized and now forever past.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Yet, every now and then, there would pass a young girl, slender, fair and desirable,
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Anatole France frankly advised, "When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it." Yes, indeed, but do more. Copy many well-said things. Pierce them together. Assimilate them. Make the process of reading them a way to form the mind and shape the soul. As anthologies can never be complete, we will never exhaust the ways quotations can enrich our lives.Gary Saul Morson Anatole France Sayings By Gary Saul Morson: Anatole France frankly advised, "When a thing has been said and said well, have no
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
The faculty of doubting is rare among men. A few choice spirits carry the germs of it in them, but these do not develop without training.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: The faculty of doubting is rare among men. A few choice spirits carry the germs
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
Our passions are ourselves.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Our passions are ourselves.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: A good critic is the man who describes his adventures among masterpieces.
When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.Anatole France Anatole France Sayings By Anatole France: When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.