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To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan, but also believe!
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.
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 into another.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
Lack of understanding is a great power. Sometimes it enables men to conquer the world.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
All writers of confessions from Augustine on down, have always remained a little in love with their sins.
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance?
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
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 history books which contain no lies are extremely tedious
Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
And the thing has been said and said well have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
For the majority of people, though they do not know what to do with this life, long for another that shall have no end.
What we call happiness is what we do not know.
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
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.
We chase dreams and embrace shadows.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing.
It is not customary to love what one has.
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.
Our passions are ourselves.
The good critic is he who narrates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
All changes even the most longed for have their melancholy for what we leave behind us is apart of ourselves we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.