Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine

Born: July 8, 1621

Died: April 13, 1695

Nationality: French

Occupation: Poet, fabulist

Biography: Jean de La Fontaine was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.

Jean de La Fontaine

“A hungry stomach cannot hear.”

- Jean de La Fontaine

Source/Notes: Fables, Book IX (1678–1679), fable 18
Source/Notes: Fables, Book VIII (1678–1679), fable 16 (The Horoscope)

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Source/Notes: As quoted in Subcontact : Slap the Face of Fear and Wake Up Your Subconscious (2001) by Dian Benson, p. 149