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Anatole France Quotes

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

"Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream."

"Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water."

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

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

"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."

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

"Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest."

"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe."

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

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool."

"Silence is the wit of fools."

"We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal."

"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving."

"It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem -and in my esteem age is not estimable."

"I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom."

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