Aesop

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Aesop or Æsop (from the Greek Aisopos) (c. 620BC – c. 560BC), was an ancient Greek fabulist, by tradition a slave. Aesop's Fables are still taught as moral lessons and used as subjects for various entertainments, especially children's plays and cartoons.

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  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
    • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  • Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
    • The Wolf and the Lamb
  • Appearances often are deceiving.
    • The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  • Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
    • Juno and the Peacock
  • Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
    • The Dog and the Shadow
  • Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.
    • The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  • Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
    • The Milkmaid and Her Pail
  • Don't cry over spilt milk.
    • The Milkmaid and Her Pail
  • Familiarity breeds contempt or Acquaintance softens prejudices.
    • The Fox and the Lion
  • I am sure the grapes are sour.
    • The Fox and the Grapes
  • I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
    • The Man and the Satyr
  • In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
    • The Lion and the Mouse
  • It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
    • The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
    • The Jay and the Peacock
  • Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
    • The Fox and the Goat
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
    • The Lion and the Mouse
  • People often grudge others when they cannot enjoy themselves.
    • The Dog in the Manger
  • Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
    • The Wind and the Sun
  • Put your shoulder to the wheel.
    • Hercules and the Wagoner
  • Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
    • The Frog and the Ox
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
    • The Hare and the Tortoise
  • The boy cried "Wolf, wolf!" and the villagers came out to help him.
    • The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
  • The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise!
    • The Fly on the Wheel
  • The gods help them that help themselves.
    • Hercules and the Wagoner
  • The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
    • The Eagle and the Arrow
  • Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find - nothing.
    • The Goose with the Golden Eggs
  • Union gives strength.
    • The Bundle of Sticks
  • While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.
    • The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts
  • We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
    • The Old Man and Death

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  • Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
  • It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
  • The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
  • What a splendid head, yet no brain.

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