Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France (#680)

Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France Today marks the birthday of Anatole France (1844–1924,) one of France’s most popular novelists and winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was born Jacques Anatole Thibault but signed his works “Anatole France” as a tribute to his father’s bookstore in Paris. That bookstore, named Librairie de France, specialized in literature on the French Revolution. Many prominent French scholars frequented this bookstore and influenced Anatole’s ideas.

Though Anatole mostly wrote historical and social novels, he’s best remembered for the fantasy novel L’Ile des Pingouins (1908, Eng. trans. Penguin Island.) It features an imaginary penguin civilization where a blind and somewhat deaf abbot mistakenly baptizes the penguins who then transform into human beings. Penguin Island is a satire on society and human nature in which Anatole lampooned morality, traditions, and the origin of law and religion. His other prominent novels include Les dieux ont soif (1912, The Gods Are Athirst) and La Revolte des Anges (1914, The Revolt of Angels.)

Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France

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

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

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Anatole France

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

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

Our passions are ourselves.
Anatole France

It is not customary to love what one has.
Anatole France

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.
Anatole France

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Anatole France

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

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

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.
Anatole France

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
Anatole France

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

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
Anatole France

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

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.
Anatole France

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