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 ...

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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.
Little by little does the trick.
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.
Union gives strength.
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.
Plodding wins the race.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
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.