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Anatole France Quotes

(1844-1924), French Writer

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

Category: Action

Suffering! 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.

Category: Adversity

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Bargains

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

Category: Belief

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

Category: Books And Reading

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

Category: Censorship

The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Curiosity

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.

Category: Education

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Category: Education

We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.

Category: Egotism

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

Category: Enthusiasm

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.

Category: Fashion

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.

Category: Future