Jean de La Fontaine

Literary Birthday – 8 July – Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was born 8 July 1621, and died 13 April 1695.


  1. A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
  2. In everything one must consider the end.
  3. To live light-heartedly 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.
  4. Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
  5. Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it: nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
  6. Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
  7. Every newspaper editor owes tribute to the devil.
  8. Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
  9. Patience and time do more than force and rage.
  10. By the work one knows the workman.

Jean de La Fontaine was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known for his Fables.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th July 2014

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  1. Great writers are great thinkers. Subtly they reach you and sow the “thinking-growing” seeds into your inner being which you nurture to maturity and in the process you become a better person.