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Quotes of the Day for 16 April 2003 – Anatole France

Jacques Anatole François Thibault was born at Paris on this day in 1844. The son of a bookseller, he learned to love reading early but found school difficult and failed his baccalaureate exams several times before getting his degree. His career centered around books, assisting his father in the store, editing, writing a little poetry, serving as librarian to the French senate, spent a little time in the army, and was a literary critic. He wrote a weekly column, stories, and his first novel was published in 1881 under the name Anatole France. His literary output had significant impact, as demonstrated when the Roman church listed him in the Index of Forbidden Works in 1920, and the Nobel Committee awarded him the prize for literature the next year.

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The quotes:

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Poets help us to love: that is their only function. And a fine use of their delightful vanity.

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
     - All from Anatole France, 1844 - 1924

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