Quotes by Aesop

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Aesop is famous for his fables: short tales which illustrated truths about life and human nature. Most of his fables feature familiar animals, including "The Grasshopper and the Ant" and "The Tortoise and the Hare." Little is known about the true life of Aesop himself, and some believe that no such person ever really existed. Those who believe Aesop existed generally agree that he lived during the 6th century B.C., lived for some time on the island of Samos, and was for at least part of his life a slave. It's also generally agreed that not all of Aesop's fables were actually created by him; his fame grew so great that many other fables were eventually put in his name.
The possibilities for Aesop's birthplace range from what is now southeastern Europe to northern Africa, including Thrace, Lydia and Phryigia (now Turkey).

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We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
He that is discontented in one place will seldom be content in another.
Appearances are deceptive.
The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.
Please all, and you will please none.
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
It is easy to be brave when far away from danger.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
Slow and steady wins the race.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were granted.
There once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but - whack - his palm come on his own head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said: YOU WILL ONLY INJURE YOURSELF IF YOU TAKE NOTICE OF DISPICABLE ENEMIES.
Enemies promises were made to be broken.
Wealth unused might as well not exist.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Example is the best precept.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Obscurity brings safety.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
In union there is strength.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find—nothing.
The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise!
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

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