Six quotes by Anatole France
Anatole France (16 April 1844—12 October 1924), born François-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Si 50 millions de personnes disent une bêtise, c'est quand même une bêtise.
In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.
La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues et de voler du pain.
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be.
Il est bon que le cœur soit naïf et que l'esprit ne le soit pas.
There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion. [+]
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture. [+]
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple: take it and copy it.
Quand une chose a été dite et bien dite, n'ayez aucun scrupule, prenez-la, copiez.
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