Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine
Jean de La Fontaine
  • Born: September 8, 1621
  • Died: April 13, 1695
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Poet









Quote Topics Cited
A hungry stomach cannot hear. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
All flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them. Miscellaneous
Believe no evil till the evil's done Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances. Human Nature
Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide. Terrorism
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire Human Nature
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire. Miscellaneous
Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing. Human Nature
From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing. Human Nature
History some truths contains, which well may serve for lessons. History
I bend but do not break. Miscellaneous
It is impossible to please all the world Policy & Policy Making
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father. Families, Children & Parenting ;Public Opinion & Polling
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. Human Nature
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Human Nature
Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret. Secrecy & Transparency
One often needs someone smaller than oneself. Leaders & Leadership
Patience and time do more than strength or passion. Time ;Miscellaneous
People must help one another; it is nature's law. Nature ;Miscellaneous
The opinion of the strongest is always the best. Power
Those who exercise power always arrange matters so as to give their tyranny the appearance of justice. Justice & Injustice
Wolves can't catch what dogs do not expose. Scandals
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Future
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. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go. Death
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
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. Life ;Friendship
Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.
I bend and do not break.
In short, Luck's always to blame.
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Luck's always to blame.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
One returns to the place one came from.
People who make no noise are dangerous.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Time
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
The strongest passion is fear.
There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
There is nothing useless to men of sense.
We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.