Zitat des Tages von Anatole France:
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
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.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
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.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
Silence is the wit of fools.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
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.
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
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.
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
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.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.