Anatole France Quotations

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.

A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over expenditures on 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.

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

There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.

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

Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.

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

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

You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.