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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Jean de La Fontaine. (1621–1695)
 
 
1
    The opinion of the strongest is always the best.
          The Wolf and the Lamb. Book i. Fable 10.
2
    By the work one knows the workman.
          The Hornets and the Bees. Fable 21.
3
    It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
          The Cock and the Fox. Book ii. Fable 15.
4
    It is impossible to please all the world and one’s father.
          Book iii. Fable 1.
5
    In everything one must consider the end. 1
          The Fox and the Gnat. Fable 5.
6
    “They are too green,” he said, “and only good for fools.” 2
          The Fox and the Grapes. Fable 11.
7
    Help thyself, and God will help thee. 3
          Book vi. Fable 18.
8
    The fly of the coach.
          Book vii. Fable 9.
9
    The sign brings customers.
          The Fortune-Tellers. Fable 15.
10
    Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
          The Use of Knowledge. Book viii. Fable 19.
11
    No path of flowers leads to glory.
          Book x. Fable 14.
 
Note 1.
Remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.—Ecclesiasticus. iii. 36. [back]
Note 2.
Sour grapes. [back]
Note 3.
See Herbert, Quotation 28. [back]
 

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