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    Anatole France Quotes

    French novelist
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    Quotes by Anatole France

    • 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 do know and what you don't.
    • If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
    • It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
    • It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
    • The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
    • To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
    • To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
    • To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
    • When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
    • Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
      The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
    • People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
      The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
    • The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
      The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
    • 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 Red Lily, 1894, chapter 7
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