Jean de La Fontaine

French writer who collected Aesop's fables and published them (1621-1695)

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Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
A cheerful mind is a vigorous mind.
Better to rely on one powerful king than on many little princes.
By the work one knows the workmen.
Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
Help thyself, and God will help thee.
In everything one must consider the end.
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
Luck's always to blame.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
No path of flowers leads to glory.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend A wise enemy is worth more.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend;
A wise enemy is worth more.
Nothing more dangerous than a friend without discretion even a prudent enemy is preferable.
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
Still people are dangerous.
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
The opinion of the strongest is always the best.
To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism -- this is the art of living.
We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
We heed no instincts but our own.
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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