Quotes by Anatole France


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
– Anatole France
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
– Anatole France
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.
– Anatole France
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
– Anatole France
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
– Anatole France
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
– Anatole France
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
– Anatole France
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
– Anatole France
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
– Anatole France
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
– Anatole France
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
– Anatole France
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
– Anatole France
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
– Anatole France
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
– Anatole France
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
– Anatole France
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
– Anatole France
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
– Anatole France
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
– Anatole France
It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem -and in my esteem age is not estimable.
– Anatole France
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
– Anatole France