Flies and the Honey Pot
a jar of honey was upset in a housekeeper's room, a
number of flies were attracted by its sweetness and
ate greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared
with the honey that they could not release themselves
and were suffocated. Just as they were dying, they exclaimed,
"Oh, we are foolish creatures - for the sake of
a little pleasure we have thrown away our lives!"
sometimes brings pain.
to an ancient legend, every man is born into the world
with two bags suspended from his neck - a small bag
kept in front, full of his neighbours faults, and a
large bag held behind, filled with his own. Hence
it is that men are quick to see the faults of others
and yet are often blind to their own more numerous faults.
Crab and its Mother
Crab one day said to her son, "Why do you walk
so crooked? It is far better to go straight." The
young Crab replied, "Quite true, Mother; why don't
you show me how?"
is more powerful than reproach.
Mule, silly from lack of work and too much corn, was
showing off. He galloped about in a very extravagant
manner, saying, "My mother was a high-minded racer,
and I am her child in speed and spirit." The next
day, being driven on a long journey and feeling very
tired, the Mule exclaimed in a disconsolate tone, "Well
my father, after all, was only an ass."
truth has two sides; it is best to look at both before
committing oneself to either.
Lion and His Three Councillors
Lion called the Sheep to ask her if his breath smelled.
She said yes, and he bit her head off for telling the
truth. He called over the Wolf and asked the same question.
The Wolf said no, and the Lion tore him to pieces for
being a flatterer. At last he called the Fox and asked
the question one more time. The Fox replied that he
had a bad cold and could not smell.
wise man says nothing in dangerous times.
Wolf and the Horse
Wolf coming out of a field of oats met a Horse and told
him, "Take your supper in that field. It is full
of excellent oats, which I have left for you untouched."
The Horse replied, "If you wolves could eat oats,
I doubt you'd be so happy to share your discovery."
thanks are due to those who give away what is of no
use to them
Hare and the Hound
Hound chasing a Hare gave up after a long while. A Goatherd,
who was watching, mocked the dog, saying the Hare was
a better runner. "You don't see the difference,"
replied the Hound. "I was only running for my dinner.
He was running for his life."
Blind Man and the Whelp
Blind Man could distinguish different animals by touching
them with his hands. One day a baby wolf was brought
to him, with a request that the Blind Man say what it
was. He felt the creature and, being in doubt, said
"I do not know whether your father was a fox or
a wolf, but I know that I would not trust you among
a flock of sheep."
tendencies are shown early in life.
Fox Who Lost His Tail
Fox caught in a trap escaped but lost his tail in the
struggle. Feeling self-conscious about his deficiency,
he tried to make the other foxes follow his example.
He called a meeting and advised them to cut off their
tails, saying, "You have no idea of the ease and
comfort with which I now move about." Upon this,
one of the oldest stepped forward and said, "I'm
sure, my friend, if you had any chance of recovering
your own tail, you wouldn't be advising us to lose ours."
Farmer and the Stork
Farmer fixed a net in his field to catch the Cranes
who came to feed on his corn. When he went to examine
the net, he found a Stork among the Cranes. "Spare
me," cried the Stork. "I have eaten none of
your corn. I am no Crane but a Stork, a bird of excellent
character, and I honour and slave for my mother and
father." The Farmer laughed and said, "Say
what you will, but I have caught you with those who
are destroying my crops, and you must suffer what they
company proves more than fair professions. Birds of
a feather flock together.
Man and the Lion
Man and a Lion were once travelling together through
the forest, and soon each began to boast of his superior
strength. As the dispute heated up, they passed a statue
that showed a man strangling a lion. The Man pointed
to it and said, "See! What more proof do you need?"
The Lion replied, "This is your version of the
story. If lions could erect statues, you would see twenty
dead men under the paw of that lion."
are unreliable narrators of their own stories.
was a great controversy among the beasts of the field
as to which produced the greatest number of offspring
at a birth. They rushed clamorously into the presence
of the Lioness and demanded of her, "How many sons
have you had at a birth?" The Lioness laughed at
them and said, "One, but that one is a lion."
value is in the worth, not in the number. Quality before