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Jean De La Fontaine Quotes

A hungry stomach cannot hear.

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

A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.

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.

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

Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.

But the shortest works are always the best.

By the work one knows the workman.

Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.

Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.

Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.

Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.

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

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

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.

Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.

I bend and do not break.

In short, Luck's always to blame.