An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.

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Anatole France

Anatole France

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

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

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.

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

Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.

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

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.