Anatole France quote about stupidity from The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard - Unhappiness does make people look stupid,—I am perfectly sure it does.
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Unhappiness does make people look stupid,—I am perfectly sure it does.
 Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). copy citation

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“Let us be more generous, and give him a pretty name, in hopes that he is going to deserve it. See how he looks at us! He knows that we are talking about him. And now that he is no longer unhappy, he is beginning to look a great deal less stupid. I am not joking! Unhappiness does make people look stupid,—I am perfectly sure it does.»
«Well, Jeanne, if you like, we will call your protege Hannibal. The appropriateness of that name does not seem to strike you at once. But the Angora cat who preceded him here as an intimate of the City of Books, and to whom I was in the habit of telling all my secrets—for he was a very wise and discreet person—used to be called Hamilcar.” source

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