Anatole France
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"Anatole France" was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament".

France is also widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel's literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

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

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.

Ignorance is a necessary condition of human happiness, and it must be owned that in most cases we fulfill it well. We know almost nothing about ourselves; absolutely nothing about our neighbors. Ignorance constitutes our peace of mind; self- deception our felicity.

Who ever enters here, honors me; who ever does not-- pleases me.

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.

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.

It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.

To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjectures.

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.

The impotence of God is infinite.

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

People who have no faults are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them.

He who lives little, changes little.

No one gives as much as he who gives hope.

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly. is not by reflection and intelligence, but by perception, that the highest and purest truths are attained.

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

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

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

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

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

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 know and what you don't.

I love reason, but I am no fanatic in my love. Reason is our guide and beacon-light; but when you have made a divinity of it, it will blind you and instigate you to crime.

Our pains are no excuse for slandering the world.

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.

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

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.

Innocence more often than not is a piece of good fortune rather than a virtue.

Never lend books - nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.

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

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Be gentle and learn how to suffer. When one suffers patiently, one suffers less.

To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.

. . .everyone took an interest in the conversation, for each one was interested in what he or she said.

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.