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Anatole France (1844-1924) French author, Nobel prize winner

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


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


There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion. - Anatole France


I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. - Anatole France


If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. - Anatole France


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


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


Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom. - Anatole France


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


Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. - Anatole France