Anatole France Quotes

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, or to steal bread.

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Poets help us to love; that is their only function. And a fine use of their delightful vanity.

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

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruples. Take it and copy it.

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are books that other folks have leant me.

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

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.