Anatole France was born 16 April 1844, and died 12 October 1924
- 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.
- It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
- To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
- The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
- Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
- The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
- If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
- People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
- Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.
- What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
- All the good writers of confessions, from Augustine onwards, are men who are still a little in love with their sins.
- One thing above all gives charm to men’s thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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