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31 Famous Quotes by Jean de La Fontaine
7/8/1621 - 4/13/1695
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Jean Fontaine     La Fontaine     Jean De LA Fontaine
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Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast. [Fr., L'exemple est un dangereux leurre; Ou la guepe a passe, le moucheron demeure.]

Example Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (II, XVI)

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We become innocent when we are unfortunate. [Fr., On devient innocent quand on est malheureux.]

Innocence Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Nymphes de Vaux

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Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. [Fr., Mieux vaut goujat debout qu'empereur enterre.]

Beggary Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: La Matrone d'Ephese

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It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

Deception Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine

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Rome was not built in a day.

Rome Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Le Juge Arbitre--Fable XII (28, 4)

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Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long; and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard. [Fr., Rien ne pese tant qu'un secret: Le porter loin est difficile aux dames; Et je sais meme sur ce fait Bon nombre d'hommes que sont femmes.]

Secrecy Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (VIII, 6)

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All roads lead to Rome, but our antagonists think we should choose different paths. [Fr., Tous chemins vont a Rome; ainsi nos concurrents Crurent pouvoir choisir des sentiers differents.]

Rome Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Le Juge Arbitre--Fable XII (28, 4)

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Still people are dangerous.

Behavior Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine

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There is no road of flowers leading to glory

Glory Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine

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

Possibility Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine

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It is said, that the thing you possess is worth more than two you may have in the future. The one is sure and the other is not. [Fr., Un tiens vaut, ce dit-on, mieux que deux tu l'auras. L'un est sur, l'autre ne l'est pas.]

Possession Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (V, 3)

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No flowery road leads to glory. [Fr., Aucun chemin de fleurs ne conduit a la gloire.]

Glory Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (X, 14)

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By time and toil we sever What strength and rage could never. [Fr., Patience et longueur de temps. Font plus que force ni que rage.]

Patience Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (II, 11)

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Sensible people find nothing useless. [Fr., Il n'est rien d'inutile aux personnes de sens.]

Sense Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (V, 19)

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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Sense Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (V, 19)

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'Tis thus we heed no instincts but our own, Believe no evil, till the evil's done. [Fr., Nous n'ecoutons d'instincts que ceux qui sont les notres. Et ne croyons le mal que quand il est venu.]

Instinct Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (I, 8)

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The reasoning of the strongest is always the best. [Fr., La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure.]

Reason Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (I, 10)

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A fly sat on the chariot wheel And said "what a dust I raise."

Flies Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (bk. VII, 9)

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Diversity, that is my motto. [Fr., Diversite, c'est ma devise.]

Variety Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Pate d' Anguille

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Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more. [Fr., Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami; Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.]

Enemies Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (VIII, 10)

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The fastidious are unfortunate: nothing can satisfy them. [Lat., Les delicats sont malheureux, Rien ne saurait les satisfaire.]

Satisfaction Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (II, 1)

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He is very foolish who aims at satisfying all the world and his father. [Fr., Est bien fou du cerveau Qui pretend contenter tout le monde et son pere.]

Satisfaction Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (III, 1)

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We ought to consider the end in everything. [Fr., En toute chose il faut considerer la fin.]

End Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (III, 5)

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In my end is my beginning.

End Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Fables (III, 5)

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Imitators are a slavish herd and fools in my opinion. [Fr., C'est un betail servile et sot a mon avis Que les imitateurs.]

Imitation Quotes, by Jean de La Fontaine , Source: Clymene (v. 54)

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