Jean de La Fontaine Quotes

Help yourself, and heaven will help you.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VI - Le Chartier Embourbè, 1668)
I bend and I break not.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I - Le Chêne et le Roseau, 1668)
The reason of the strongest is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I - Le Loup et l'Agneau, 1668)
Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII, 1678 - 1679)
Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
Jean de La Fontaine
A certain fox, it is said, wanted to become a wolf. Ah! who can say why no wolf has ever craved the life of a sheep?
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables Choisies - Book VII, 1693)
Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I, 1668)
Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VI, 1668)
In everything one must consider the end.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book III, 1668)
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book III, 1668)
He knows the world and does not know himself.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII - Dèmocrite et les Abdèritains, 1678 - 1679)
People must help one another; it is nature's law.
Jean de La Fontaine (L'Ane et le Chien)
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book II, 1668)
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 (Parole de Socrate)
One should oblige everyone to the extent of one's ability. One often needs someone smaller than oneself.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book II, 1668)
Kindness effects more than severity.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VI, 1678 - 1679)
There is nothing useless to men of sense: clever people turn everything to account.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book V, 1668)
Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VI, 1668)
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII, 1678 - 1679)
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.
Jean de La Fontaine
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII, 1678 - 1679)
By the work one knows the workman.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I - The Hornets And The Bees, 1668)
History some truths contains, which well may serve.. for lessons.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I, 1668)
You were singing? I'm very glad, very well, start dancing now.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book I, 1668)
Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book V, 1668)
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII - La Mort et le Mourant, 1678 - 1679)
Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book VIII, 1678 - 1679)
It is doubly pleasing to trick the trickster.
Variant: It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Jean de La Fontaine (Fables - Book II - Le Coq et le Renard, 1668)


Jean de La Fontaine Biography

Born: July 8, 1621
Died: April 13, 1695

Jean de La Fontaine was a French fabulist and poet. He has been highly influential and famous throughout history through his acclaimed poetry and fables.

Notable Works

Fables (1668 - 1679)

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