Today, we celebrate the birthday of Jean de La Fontaine...
- "Help yourself, and heaven will help you."
- "The reason of the strongest is always the best."
- "In all matters one must consider the end."
As David Wiley writes, "Although Molière, Racine, and Corneille are often thought of as the greatest French literary artists of the late seventeenth century--their extraordinary plays standing as what we now think of as Classical French theater--it was the shrewd fable-writer Jean de La Fontaine who produced perhaps the richest body of work of his period."