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The Original Fables of La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine

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. . . so that they might all burst out of the garden in fine style; for it would have looked ridiculous for them to ride out at the gate.

The poor man objected. "This is fine fun for princes, no doubt——"; but they let him talk, whilst dogs and men together did more harm in one hour than all the hares in the province would have done in a century.


Little princes, settle your own quarrels amongst yourselves. It is madness to have recourse to kings. You should never let them engage in your wars, nor even enter your domains.

IV THE MAN AND HIS IMAGE (Book I.—No. 11)

Once there was a man who loved himself very much, and who permitted himself no rivals in that love. He thought his face and figure the handsomest in all the world. Anything in the shape of a mirror that could show him his own likeness he took care to avoid; for he did not want to be reminded that perhaps he was over-rating his beauty. For this reaso. . . Read More

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This is one of my most precious memories of my childhood. Before going to school, sometimes after, I used to go to a nearby kiosk and buy some chocolates. But these chocolates weren't ordinary ones. They came wrapped with tiny books inside: the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. That is one of my earlie

On rencontre sa destinée
Souvent par des chemins qu’on prend pour l’éviter.Toujours un plaisir de redécouvrir toutes ces fables classiques.« Qui mieux que vous sait vos besoins ?
Apprendre à se connaître est le premier des soins. »— Le Juge arbitre, l’Hospitalier, et le SolitaireJe chéris un Amant, ou

It is an ancient tradition of making animals talk and giving them a human character to derive a moral from their stories. La Fontaine presents fables to which he has infused a French character.
These fables are perhaps the first poems that I had read in my childhood. But, in my youth, I read the enti

Diz Pinheiro Chagas no início do livro:
"O que constitui o seu encanto supremo é a vida potente que ele sabe dar a todos esses animais que se movem no imenso tablado da natureza, que falam a linguagem que ele lhes presta, obedecendo a paixões que ele lhes atribui."

Gostei muito destas fábulas de La Fo

I’m not really suited to “rate” the work of Lafontaine so This will be a short review.
From all the fables I’ve come across those are definitely the best of the lot. What’s remarkable about Lafontaine is this incredible capacity to write fables that are meaningful, fun, easy to read and with importan

"A raposa e as uvas

Contam que certa raposa,
Andando muito esfaimada,
Viu roxos, maduros cachos
Pendentes de alta latada.

De bom grado os trincaria,
Mas sem lhes poder chegar,
Disse: «Estão verdes, não prestam,
Só cães os podem tragar!»

Eis cai uma parra, quando
Prosseguia seu caminho,
E, crendo que era algum

Orhan Veli'nin önsözü ve çevirisi enfesti. Şiir tadında okudum fablları. Ancak masallar kesinlikle küçük çocukların algı kapasitesi bakımından uygun değildi. Bence en azından 8-10 yaş aralığına hitap ediyor. Çoğu masalda çocukluğuma gittim yaklaşık 20 yıldır duymadığım masalları duymak oldukça ilgin

La Fontaine's fables are all in verse and are massively popular in France. They have wonderful little morals. The interesting side-note is that many of these children's fables are hidden criticisms of the court of Louis XIV where La Fontaine was a lackey among the thousands of others at Versailles.

“There's nothing sweeter than a real friend:
Not only is he prompt to lend—
An angler delicate, he fishes
The very deepest of your wishes,
And spares your modesty the task
His friendly aid to ask.
A dream, a shadow, wakes his fear,
When pointing at the object dear.”

La Fontaine Fables Choisies = The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine, Jean de La Fontaine

The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine were issued in several volumes from 1668 to 1694. They are classics of French literature.

Jean de La Fontaine collected fables from a wide variety of sources, both Western and Easter

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