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Jean de La Fontaine
July 8, 1621 - April 13, 1695
Nationality: French
Category: Poet
Subcategory: French Poet

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.


It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.


Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.


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.


One often has need of one, inferior to himself.


Patience and time do more than strength or passion.


The argument of the strongest is always the best.


It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.


By the work one knows the workman.


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.


Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.


Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.


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


Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.


Luck's always to blame.


People must help one another; it is nature's law.


Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.


It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.


We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.


The strongest passion is fear.


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