Anatole Francois Thibault
Wrote (AKA) as Anatole France
Born in Paris: April 16, 1844
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Henry David Thoreau
on the Mexican War
If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them and enable the state to commit violence and shed innocent blood.
As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
Barbara W. Tuchman
Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
author and humorist
I believe I have no prejudices whatsoever. All I need to know is that a man is a member of the human race. That's bad enough for me.
Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
Failure is the foundation of success . . .
Success is the lurking place of failure.
Every human being's essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature.