Quotes by Jean de La Fontaine


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
– Jean de La Fontaine
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
– Jean de La Fontaine
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.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
– Jean de La Fontaine
By the work one knows the workman.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
– Jean de La Fontaine
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
– Jean de La Fontaine
One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.
– Jean de La Fontaine
One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
– Jean de La Fontaine
One returns to the place one came from.
– Jean de La Fontaine
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
– Jean de La Fontaine
People who make no noise are dangerous.
– Jean de La Fontaine