Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de
La Fontaine

French Poet, Fabulist

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Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

By the work one knows the workman.

To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism — this is the art of living.

A cheerful mind is a vigorous mind.

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it: nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.

The strongest passion is fear.

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

People who make no noise are dangerous.

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.

Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.

Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.

Death never takes the wise person by surprise; they are always ready to go.

When crime wishes to attack innocence, it can always find a pretext for doing so.

To know one's self is the first of duties.

Use alone constitutes possession.

There is nothing useless to persons of sense.

This is the law of the universe: if you wish that others should spare you, spare others.

The miser lives a beggar's life.

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Jean de
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La Fontaine
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French Poet, Fabulist