Anatole France

A poet, journalist, and novelist.

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10 quotations — all marked as Serious.

  1. A tale without love is like beef without mustard: insipid.
  2. History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
  3. I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the wisdom of indifference.
  4. If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act, than of a cruel one.
  5. It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
  6. Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
  7. Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
  8. Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes.
    Men who like women never notice what they wear.
  9. People who have no weaknesses are terrible.
    There is no way of taking advantage of them.
  10. To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.