"History books that contain no lies are extremely dull."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Anatole France on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Anatole France on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Anatole France on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Anatole France on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Anatole France on Thomas Jefferson
"In art as in love, instinct is enough."
"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
"What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!"
"We reproach people for talking about themselves but it is the subject they treat best."
"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."