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Anatole France
April 16, 1844 - October 12, 1924
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

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.

    Topics: Education

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


We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.


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.


The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.


In art as in love, instinct is enough.


Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.


The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.


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


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


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


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


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


Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.


The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.


It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.


It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.


One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores 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.


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