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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.
[Injustice]
 

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.
[Friendship]
 

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

Lynx-eyed to our neighbors, and moles to ourselves.
[Judgment]
 

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.
[Friendship]
 

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
[Patience]
 

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