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Anatole France

French novelist (1844 - 1924)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.

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Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.

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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.

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

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

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

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The impotence of God is infinite.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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