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A collection of quotes and sayings by Anatole France on soul, beauty, love, work, speak, dreams, believe, curiosity, innocence, virtue, art, equality, joy and nature.

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: April 16, 1844

Died On: October 12, 1924

Born In: Paris, France

Died At Age: 80

Anatole France was an illustrious French novelist, poet and journalist who was also been one of the best-selling writers of his times. He is referred to as the ideal French Man of Letters who was a pioneer in the genre of irony and scepticism. In 1921, he was awarded the ‘Noble Prize in Literature’. His father was a bookseller and Anatole cultivated love for books from a very young age as he was mostly surrounded with books. Besides writing poems and novels, Anatole expressed his thoughts, opinions and viewpoints on subjects close to his heart through memoirs, plays and social criticism. However, he has been considered ‘vulgar’ by some critics for his dubiousness and cynicism. Go through the sayings and quotes by Anatole France which will give you a glimpse of his prolific writings and thoughts. Presenting some famous quotes and thoughts by Anatole France on education, animals, fashion, coverage, poverty, naive, enthusiasm, conversations, changes, life and more.
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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

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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 lent me.

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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.

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To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. (From an introductory speech at a session of the Acadmie Franaise, December 24, 1896)

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

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To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

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We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.

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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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In art as in love, instinct is enough.

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It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.

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

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

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Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

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

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Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.

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

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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.

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Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.

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

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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.

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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

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

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

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

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Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

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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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The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

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If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

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Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.

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Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.

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

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Our passions are ourselves.

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All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a little in love with their sins.

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Without lies, humanity would perish of despair and boredom

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

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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 Sorbonne

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We chase dreams and embrace shadows.

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The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.

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It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

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It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.

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

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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.

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Ninety percent of education is encouragement.

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It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.

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Suffering — how divine it is, how misunderstood! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.

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We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal.

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

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Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order.

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All changes, even the most longed for, must have their melancholy

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It is not customary to love what one has

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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...

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What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance?

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The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity. ربما يكون الفضول هو اعظم فضائل البشر

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...the adventure of the soul among the masterpieces.

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It is good to collect things, it is better to take walks.

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We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.

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Ah! Yes, the truth, that ingenious concoction of desirability of appearance.

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Je tiens mon imperfection comme ma raison d'tre.

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I never go into the country for a change of air and a holiday. I always go instead into the eighteenth century.

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There are forces, Lucius, infinitely more powerful than reason and science." " What are they?" asked Cotta. "Ignorance and folly," replied Aristaeus.

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If you have not loved an animal, your soul remains unawakened.

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For the majority of people, though they do not know what to do with this life, long for another that shall have no end.

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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?

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Šta može hladna i gola istina protiv blistavih čari laži?

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In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.

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Gelehrte sind Menschen, die sich von normalen Sterblichen durch die anerworbene Fhigkeit unterscheiden, sich an weitschweifigen und komplizierten Irrtmern zu ergtzen.

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Meilės kaltės bus atleistos, nes tyroj meilėj nėra nieko pikta. Bet jausmingoj meilėj yra tiek pat neapykantos, egoizmo ir apmaudo, kiek ir meilės.

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All writers of confessions from Augustine on down, have always remained a little in love with their sins.

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