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Jean de La Fontaine
(8 Jul 1621 - 13 Apr 1695)

French poet and man of letters was one of the great classical author in France. He published 12 books, including a six-volume set of Fables.

Science Quotes by Jean de La Fontaine (3 quotes)

La savoir a son prix.
Knowledge has its price.
— Jean de La Fontaine
From 'L’Advantage de la Science' (The Advantage of Knowledge) in Fables and Tales from La Fontaine: In French and English (1734), 119.
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On rencontre sa destinιe souvent par des chemins qu’on prend pour l’ιviter.
Man meets his destiny oft by the roads he takes to escape it.
— Jean de La Fontaine
In 'L’Horoscope', Fables, Vol. 8, 16. (1668–1679). Reprinted in Fables Choisies de La Fontaine (1730), 198. As translated in Thomas Benfield Harbottle and Colonel Philip Hugh Dalbiac, Dictionary of Quotations (1901), 172.
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Nothing is useless for the man of sense; he turns everything to account.
— Jean de La Fontaine
In Hialmer Day Gould, New Practical Spelling (1905), 13.
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