Jean de La Fontaine

France
8 Jul 1621 // 13 Apr 1695
Fabulist / Poet

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From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing
We ought to consider the end in everything
He is very foolish who aims at satisfying all the world and his father
Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast
What is denominated discretion in man we call cunning in brutes
The good, we do it; the evil, that is fortune; man is always right, and destiny always wrong
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
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
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
We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us
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