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Jean de Lafontaine Quotes

French poet, orator and historian
(1621 - 1695)

Any one 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.

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.

Every one has a wallet behind for his own failings, and one before for the failings of others.

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

It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.

Lynx-eyed to our neighbors, and moles to ourselves.

Nothing is useless to the man of sense; he turns everything to account.

Nothing more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

We only listen to those instincts which are our own, and only give credit to the evil when it has befallen us.