Anatole France Quotes (104 quotes)
“If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.”
Le Lys Rouge [The Red Lily] (1894), ch. 1
Les Dieux Ont Soif [The Gods Are Thirsty] (1912), ch. XV
Pt. II, ch. 2 - The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)
“People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.”
Pt. II, ch. 4 - The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)
“When the baptism of the penguins was known in Paradise, it caused neither joy nor sorrow, but an extreme surprise. The Lord himself was embarrassed. He gathered an assembly of clerics and doctors, and asked them whether they regarded the baptism as valid.”
Book I : The Beginnings, Ch. VI : An Assembly In Paradise - Penguin Island (1908)
Book VII : Modern Times, Ch. IX : The Final Consequences - Penguin Island (1908)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsAnatole France
Born: April 16, 1844
Died: October 12, 1924 (aged 80)
Bio: Anatole France , 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.