Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The wisdom of Jean de La Fontaine (part 2)

“Il ne faut jamais vendre la peau de l'ours
qu'on ne l'ait mis par terre.”
“Never sell the bear's skin before you have put him down.”

17th century French fabulist and poet

Sure, this sounds more manly than “Don’t count your chickens…”

Our whimsical French ami also manages to give a nod to the contingent reality that, in your headlong quest for personal gain, that other fellow, the one you want to use or abuse, may not cooperate.


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