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Jean de La Fontaine quotes (45)

A hungry stomach cannot hear.
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A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
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A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
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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.
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Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
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Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
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Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
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But the shortest works are always the best.
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By the work one knows the workman.
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Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
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Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
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Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
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Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
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Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
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Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
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Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
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Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
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Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.
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I bend and do not break.
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It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
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It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
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It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
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Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
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Luck's always to blame.
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Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
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Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
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Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
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Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.
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Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
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One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
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One returns to the place one came from.
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Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
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People must help one another; it is nature's law.
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People who make no noise are dangerous.
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Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
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Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
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Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
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The argument of the strongest is always the best.
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The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
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The strongest passion is fear.
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There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
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There is nothing useless to men of sense.
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We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
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We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
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We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.
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