Anatole France Quotes

The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.

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

He who undertakes to guide men must never lose sight of the fact that they are malicious monkeys… The folly of the revolution was in aiming to establish virtue on the earth. When you want to make men good and wise, free, moderate, generous, you are led inevitably to the desire of killing them all.

The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.

In art, as in love, instinct is enough.

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

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

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

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.