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    Aesop Quotes

    Greek slave & fable author
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    Quotes by Aesop

    • Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
    • In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
    • Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
    • 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.
      Sex
    • Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
    • Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
    • The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
    • United we stand, divided we fall.
    • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
    • What a splendid head, yet no brain.
    • Put your shoulder to the wheel.
      Hercules and the Wagoner
    • The gods help them that help themselves.
      Hercules and the Wagoner
    • Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
      Juno and the Peacock
    • It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
      The Ant and the Grasshopper
    • Union gives strength.
      The Bundle of Sticks
    • Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
      The Dog and the Shadow
    • People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
      The Dog in the Manger
    • The shaft 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
    • I am sure the grapes are sour.
      The Fox and the Grapes
    • Familiarity breed contempt.
      The Fox and the Lion
    • Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
      The Frog and the Ox
    • 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
    • Slow and steady wins the race.
      The Hare and the Tortoise
    • It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
      The Jay and the Peacock
    • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
      The Lion and the Mouse
    • 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
    • I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
      The Man and the Satyr
    • Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
      The Milkmaid and Her Pail
    • We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
      The Old Man and Death
    • 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
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