Quotes by Jean De La Fontaine

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Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury.
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
One returns to the place one came from.
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish
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.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend.
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
In short, luck's always to blame.
By the work one knows the workmen.
Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.
He knows the universe and does not know himself.
Help yourself, and Heaven will help you.
Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

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