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158 Famous Quotes by Aesop
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Better to starve free than be a fat slave

Slavery Quotes, by Aesop

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United we stand; divided we fall

Unity Quotes, by Aesop

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Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

Value Quotes, by Aesop

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Vices are their own punishment

Vice Quotes, by Aesop

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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Volunteerism Quotes, by Aesop

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The Wolf and the Crane A WOLF who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When the Crane had extracted the bone and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: Why, you have surely already had a sufficient recompense, in having been permitted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf. In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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In union there is strength.

Unity Quotes, by Aesop

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Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.

Contentment Quotes, by Aesop

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The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.

Suffering Quotes, by Aesop

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The Fawn and His Mother A young fawn once said to his Mother, You are larger than a dog, and swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a defense; why, then, O Mother! do the hounds frighten you so? She smiled, and said: I know full well, my son, that all you say is true. I have the advantages you mention, but when I hear even the bark of a single dog I feel ready to faint, and fly away as fast as I can. No arguments will give courage to the coward.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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The Ass and His Driver AN ASS, being driven along a high road, suddenly started off and bolted to the brink of a deep precipice. While he was in the act of throwing himself over, his owner seized him by the tail, endeavoring to pull him back. When the Ass persisted in his effort, the man let him go and said, Conquer, but conquer to your cost. A willful beast must go his own way.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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The Ass and His Masters AN ASS, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his present service and provided with another master. Jupiter, after warning him that he would repent his request, caused him to be sold to a tile-maker. Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for another change of master. Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, ordained that he be sold to a tanner. The Ass found that he had fallen into worse hands, and noting his master's occupation, said, groaning: It would have been better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide, and make me useful to him. He that finds discontentment in one place is not likely to find happiness in another.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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Androcles A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days. The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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The Ant and the Chrysalis An Ant nimbly running about in the sunshine in search of food came across a Chrysalis that was very near its time of change. The Chrysalis moved its tail, and thus attracted the attention of the Ant, who then saw for the first time that it was alive. Poor, pitiable animal! cried the Ant disdainfully. What a sad fate is yours! While I can run hither and thither, at my pleasure, and, if I wish, ascend the tallest tree, you lie imprisoned here in your shell, with power only to move a joint or two of your scaly tail. The Chrysalis heard all this, but did not try to make any reply. A few days after, when the Ant passed that way again, nothing but the shell remained. Wondering what had become of its contents, he felt himself suddenly shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful Butterfly. Behold in me, said the Butterfly, your much-pitied friend! Boast now of your powers to run and climb as long as you can get me to listen. So saying, the Butterfly rose in the air, and, borne along and aloft on the summer breeze, was soon lost to the sight of the Ant forever. Appearances are deceptive.

Aesop fables Quotes, by Aesop

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A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.

Enemies Quotes, by Aesop

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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

Misfortune Quotes, by Aesop

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Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Trust Quotes, by Aesop

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It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Courage Quotes, by Aesop

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Only cowards insult dying majesty.

Cowards Quotes, by Aesop

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Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Danger Quotes, by Aesop

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Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.

Originality Quotes, by Aesop

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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Tyranny Quotes, by Aesop

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Union gives strength. (The Bundle of Sticks 550 BC).

Inspirational Quotes, by Aesop

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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Politics / government Quotes, by Aesop

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Enemies promises were made to be broken.

Politics / government Quotes, by Aesop

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