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JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
French poet and fabulist
(1621 - 1695)
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A hare is not caught with a drum.
      - [Caution]

But every one has a besetting sin to which he returns.
      - [Weakness]

Every editor of newspapers pays tribute to the devil.
      - [Newspapers]

Every one turns his dreams into realities as far as he can; man is cold as ice to the truth, hot as fire to falsehood.
      - [Dreams]

Foxes are all tail, and women all tongue.
      - [Loquacity]

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life.
      - [Friendship]

Habit, to which all of us are more or less slaves.
      - [Habit]

If every man works at that for which nature fitted him, the cows will be well tended.
      - [Occupations]

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
      - [Deceit]

It is good to be charitable; but to whom? That is the point. As to the ungrateful, there is not one who does not at last die miserable.
      - [Charity]

It is no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.
      - [Punctuality]

It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.
      - [Haste]

Love cries victory when the tears of a woman become the sole defence of her virtue.
      - [Temptation]

Lynx-eyed toward our equals, and moles to ourselves.
      - [Discernment]

Men of all ages have the same inclinations, over which reason exercises no control. Thus, wherever men are found, there are follies, ay, and the same follies.
      - [Folly]

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
      - [Friends]

O love, when thou gettest dominion over us, we may bid good-by to prudence.
      - [Love]

Our condition never satisfies us; the present is always the worst. Though Jupiter should grant his request to each, we should continue to importune him.
      - [Complaining]

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
      - [Patience]

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
      - [Friendship]

Religious contention is the devil's harvest.
      - [Contention : Discussion]

Rogues are always found out in some way. Whoever is a wolf will act like a wolf, that is most certain.
      - [Rogues]

Socrates, when informed of some derogating speeches one had used concerning him behind his back, made only this facetious reply, "Let him beat me too when I am absent.
      - [Scandal]

Still people are dangerous.
      - [Silence]

The good, we do it; the evil, that is fortune; man is always right, and destiny always wrong.
      - [Fortune]


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