"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!"
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Anatole France on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Anatole France on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Anatole France on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Anatole France on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Anatole France on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."
"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."