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Born in July 8, 1621 / Died in April 13, 1695 / France / French

Quotes by Jean de La Fontaine

Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
But the shortest works are always the best.
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
People must help one another; it is nature's law.
Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
Luck's always to blame.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
The strongest passion is fear.
I bend and do not break.
A hungry stomach cannot hear.
There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
There is nothing useless to men of sense.
Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
One returns to the place one came from.
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
One often has need of one, inferior to himself.