Anatole France Quotes

The good critic relates the adventures of his soul among works of art.

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.

It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when He did not want to sign.

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.

A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows.

I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men.

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent to me.

We live too much in books and not enough in nature, and we are very much like the simpleton of a Pliny the Younger, who went on studying a Greek author while before his eyes Vesuvius was overwhelming five cities beneath the ashes.