Anatole France (April 16, 1844 - October 12, 1924) was the pen name of French author Jacques Anatole François Thibault. He was born in Paris, France, and died in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France. He was buried in the Ancient Cemetery of Neuilly, Hauts-de-Seine.
In the 1920s his writings were put on the Index of Forbidden Books of the Roman Catholic Church, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921. His books include Penguin Island, a satire on the Dreyfus affair published in 1908.
"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."
"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."