Quotes by Jean de La Fontaine

I bend and do not break.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Luck's always to blame.
- Jean de La Fontaine
A hungry stomach cannot hear.
- Jean de La Fontaine
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The strongest passion is fear.
- Jean de La Fontaine
By the work one knows the workman.
- Jean de La Fontaine
In short, Luck's always to blame.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.
- Jean de La Fontaine
People who make no noise are dangerous.
- Jean de La Fontaine
One returns to the place one came from.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
- Jean de La Fontaine
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There is nothing useless to men of sense.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
- Jean de La Fontaine
But the shortest works are always the best.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
- Jean de La Fontaine
There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
- Jean de La Fontaine
One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
- Jean de La Fontaine
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
- Jean de La Fontaine
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
- Jean de La Fontaine
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
- Jean de La Fontaine
People must help one another; it is nature's law.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
- Jean de La Fontaine
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
- Jean de La Fontaine
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
- Jean de La Fontaine
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
- Jean de La Fontaine
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
- Jean de La Fontaine
We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
- Jean de La Fontaine
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine
We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
- Jean de La Fontaine
Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
- Jean de La Fontaine

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