Never sell the bear’s skin before one has killed the beast.
Category Archive: Jean de La Fontaine
Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
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.
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.