Talk:Jean de La Fontaine

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I provided some provisional images for this page, as well as a few more quotes, but eventually I expect there can be better matching to the fables themselves. I myself am not likely to work on this more any time soon, as I have quite a backlog of pages I want to finish up much work on already. ~ Kalki 07:44, 8 July 2007 (UTC)


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  • A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
  • 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.
  • Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
  • Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
    • Variant: Every journalist owes tribute to the devil.
  • Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats; neither fear nor shame can cure them.
  • Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
  • Let us not be so difficult; the most accommodating are the cleverest.
  • Luck's always to blame.
  • Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
  • One returns to the place one came from.
  • Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
  • Rely only on yourself; it is a common proverb.
  • The shortest works are always the best.
  • There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
  • Thus oft a struggle to escape — But lands us in a still worse scrape.
  • We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
  • We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.