Jean de La Fontaine Quotes On Success In Life

Jean de La Fontaine was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, as well as in French regional languages. These Jean de La Fontaine quotes will motivate you.

Best Jean de La Fontaine Quotes

  1. “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  2. “Patience and time do more than strength or passion.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  3. “Half of today is better than all of tomorrow.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  4. “All the brains in the world are powerless against the sort of stupidity that is in fashion.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  5. “Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  6. “Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  7. “From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  8. “If you deal with a fox, think of his tricks.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  9. “Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  10. “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  11. “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.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  12. “Often we find our own destiny on the same roads that we have been avoiding.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  13. “Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  14. “Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  15. “Dressed in the lion’s skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  16. “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  17. “We risk all in being too greedy.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  18. “It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  19. “How wealthy the gods would be if we remembered the promises we made when we were in danger.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  20. “The worst time is always the present.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  21. “Religious contention is the devil’s harvest.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  22. “Gentleness succeeds better than violence.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  23. “We like to see others, but don’t like others to see through us.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  24. “No path of flowers leads to glory.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  25. “Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  26. “We become innocent when we are unfortunate.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  27. “Man is ice to truth and fire to falsehood.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  28. “It is no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  29. “In everything one must consider the end.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  30. “He knows the universe and does not know himself.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  31. “Patience and perseverance at lengthAccomplish more than anger or brute strength.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  32. “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  33. “I bend, but I do not break.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  34. “What God does, He does well.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  35. “The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  36. “It is said, that the thing you possess is worth more than two you may have in the future. The one is sure and the other is not.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  37. “Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine quotes
  38. “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.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  39. “The finest victory is to conquer one’s own heart.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  40. “Le mensonge et les vers de tout temps sont amis. Lies and literature have always been friends.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  41. “Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  42. “He is very foolish who aims at satisfying all the world and his father.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  43. “Never sell the bear’s skin before one has killed the beast.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  44. “A hungry stomach cannot hear.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  45. “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
  46. “By the work one knows the workman.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  47. “Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long; and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  48. “Love cries victory when the tears of a woman become the sole defence of her virtue.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  49. “Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  50. “People must help one another; it is nature’s law.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  51. “In every trouble the little ones duck more easily.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  52. “Let us not overstrain our talents, lest we do nothing gracefully.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  53. “Diversity, that is my motto.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  54. “By time and toil we sever What strength and rage could never.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  55. “Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  56. “Silent people are dangerous; others are not so.
    [Fr., Les gens sans bruit sont dangereux;
    Il n’en est pas ainsi des autres.]” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  57. “Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  58. “Every editor of newspapers pays tribute to the devil.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  59. “If every man works at that for which nature fitted him, the cows will be well-tended.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  60. “Let fools the studious despise,
    There’s nothing lost by being wise.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  61. “One often has need of one inferior to himself.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  62. “Sensible people find nothing useless.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

  63. “There is no road of flowers leading to glory.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  64. “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.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
  65. “The argument of the strongest is always the best.” ~ Jean de La Fontaine

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