AESOP'S FABLES - THE SAYINGS 'QUOTES'
The fables are remarkably simple in expression but convey
the deeper aspects of human life in a very appealing way and
leave a strong impression upon the readers and listeners
alike. They are as relevant today as they were thousands of
years ago. For some it may be surprising to know that some of
the best remembered and well known sayings like "self help is
the best help" or "much ado about nothing" or "look before you
leap", are drawn from Aesop's Fables.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his
Like will draw like.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth
Self help is the best help
Birds of a feather flock together
If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer,
you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.
In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be
thankful if you escape injury for your pains.
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever
One persons meat is another persons poison
No arguments will give courage to the coward.
Don't make much ado about nothing.
If men had all they wished, they would be often
Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.
One story is good, till another is told.
If words suffice not, blows must follow.
Look before you leap.
Fair weather friends are not worth much.
Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
Those who suffer most cry out the least.
Zeal should not outrun discretion.
Change of habit cannot alter nature.
He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of
The value is in the worth, not in the number.
No one truly forgets injuries in the presence of him
who caused the injury.
Harm seek. harm find.
Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.
Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for
Little liberties are great offenses.
Old friends cannot with impunity be sacrificed for
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks
Time and place often give the advantage to the weak
over the strong.
Example is more powerful than precept.
Better poverty without care, than riches with.
Harm hatch, harm catch.
Benefits bestowed upon the evil-disposed increase
their means of injuring you.
Equals make the best friends.
Hypocritical speeches are easily seen through.
What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.
Abstain and enjoy.
The memory of a good deed lives.
Children are not to be blamed for the faults of
Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.
The least outlay is not always the greatest gain.
Might makes right.
We must make friends in prosperity if we would have
their help in adversity.
False confidence often leads into danger.
The more honor the more danger.
Every man for himself.
He is not to be trusted as a friend who mistreats
his own family.
They are not wise who give to themselves the credit
due to others.
He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.
Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.
In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the
Stoop to conquer.
I should indeed be a very simple fellow if, for the
chance of a greater uncertain profit, I were to forego my present
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
Do nothing without a regard to the consequences.
It sometimes happens that one man has all the toil,
and another all the profit.
In avoiding one evil, care must be taken not to fall
Every man should be content to mind his own
The great do not always prevail. There are times
when the small and lowly are the strongest to do mischief.
It shows an evil disposition to take advantage of a
friend in distress.
The best intentions will not always ensure success.
Everyone is more or less master of his own fate.
How can you expect the sheep to be safe if you admit
a wolf into the fold?
Know that not even the stars need to be relit
Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of
Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest
Men often bear little grievances with less courage
than they do large misfortunes.
Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.
The desire for imaginary benefits often involves
the loss of present blessings.
Count the cost before you commit yourselves.
Be on guard against men who can strike from a
Use serves to overcome dread.
No one can be a friend if you know not whether to
trust or distrust him.
Fine feathers don't make fine birds.
Every tale is not to be believed.
A willful man will have his way to his own hurt.
Acquaintance softens prejudices.
Counsel without help is useless.
Straws show how the wind blows.
The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit.
Evil tendencies are shown in early life.
What is most truly valuable is often underrated.
Youth's first duty is reverence to parents.
Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes
than in the eyes of their neighbors.
Self-interest alone moves some men.
Try before you trust.
They who act without sufficient thought, will often
fall into unsuspected danger.
No evil, whether it be small or large, ought to be
The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with
LIST OF SAYINGS
'QUOTES' BY STORY:
Appearances are deceptive -
The Ant and the Chrysalis
One good turn deserves another -
The Ant and the Dove
Don't be too stubborn in wanting your own foolish
way - The
Ass and his Driver
It is no use fixing our minds on higher things if we
ignore what is going on around us - Astronomers
Traitors must expect treachery -
The Ass, the Fox and the Lion
It's best to prepare for the days of necessity
We should always make plans for the future -
The Ant and the
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -
The Ass and the
A man is known by the company he keeps -
The Ass and
Laugh and the world laughs with you -
Things are not always what they seem -
Beekeeper and the Bees
People are expected to be loyal and stick by their
Those who practice deceit must expect to be shunned -
Birds, the Beasts and the Bats
Deeds speak louder than words -
The Boasting Traveler
A fair-minded man tries to see both sides of an
argument - The Boy
and the Wolf
We need to be helped, not scolded, when we are in
trouble - Boy Bathing
Do not attempt too much at one time -
The Boy and the Hazelnuts
Stretch your arm no farther than your sleeve will
reach - The Bull and the Bullfrog
It pays to think before we act -
The Caged Bird and the Bat
It is no use having bright ideas unless we are
willing to put them into practice
It is easy to think of impossible solutions - The
Cat and the Bell (Mice in Council)
Common sense is always worth more than cunning -
The Cat and the
We should not criticize people for what is not their
fault - The Crab and his Mother
Those who assume a character which does not belong
to them, only make themselves ridiculous -
The Crow and the Raven
With a little planning you can gain what first seems
Necessity is the mother of invention - The Crow
and the Water Jug
Be content with what you have -
The Dog and his Reflection
Most arguments are useless - The
Donkey and his Shadow
You're never so small you're insignificant
Great determination can overcome most odds -
The Eagle and the
A fish in the hand is worth two in the sea -
The Fisherman and the Sprat
We should make sure our own house is in order before
we give advice to others - The Fortune Teller
We should use our judgment before coming to a
decision - The Fox and the Bramble
Do not trust flatterers
Beware of flattery, it may not be meant -
The Fox and the
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties -
The Fox and the
Some folks despise and belittle the things they
It's easy to speak badly of things you can's have -
The Fox and the
Beauty is only skin deep -
The Fox and the
Familiarity breeds contempt -
The Fox and the
Handsome looks are of little worth without sense -
The Fox and the Mask
A false tale often betrays itself - The Fox and the
Something that seems funny when it happens to
someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us -
The Fox and the Stork
When you desire to change your condition, make sure
you can really improve it - The Frogs who Desired
We often seem more important to ourselves than we do
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit -
The Gnat and the Bull
Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid
It is no use trying to hide what cannot be hidden -
The Goat Herd and the Goat
Greed destroys the source of good -
Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs
We should think before we act -
The Greedy Fox
Heaven helps those who help themselves -
Hercules and the Wagoner
We should all make sure that we know who is in
charge - The Horse and his Rider
We like other people to show themselves to us as
they really are - The Hound and the Hare
We should find out as much as possible about someone
before coming into conflict with him - The Hound
and the Lion
People are not always as brave as they say they are
- The Hunter and the Woodman
Abstain and enjoy -
The Huntsman and the
We had better be careful what we say in case people
take us at our word - Jupiter and the Tortoise
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder -
Jupiter and the Monkey
Pride goes before destruction
Pride comes before a fall - Lamp
If we really want something done, it is best to do
it ourselves - Lark and the Farmer
Love can tame the wildest -
The Lion in Love
Sometimes the weak are able to help the strong
Little friends may become great friends - The Lion
and the Mouse
United we stand, divided we fall -
Man and his Sons
People like us to remain constant and do the same
things all the time - Man and the Satyr
Honesty is the best policy -
Mercury and the Woodman
Vanity is foolishness - Mice and
Those who lie and boast may end up in trouble -
The Monkey and
Be yourself - The Monkey and the
Someone who is always changing cannot expect others
to regard him as one thing - Moon and her Mother
Size and strength is not always enough -
The Mouse and the Bull
It is sometimes possible to gain by persuasion what
cannot be gained by force
Persuasion is better than Force - North Wind and
Sometimes in order to survive it is better to give
way - Oak and the Reeds
There are some things which it is better not to know
- The Ox and the Frog
They complain most who suffer least -
The Oxen and the Wagon
Fine feathers need not make fine birds
We may lose in one way but gain in another -
The Peacock and the Crane
It is easy to be brave when there is no danger
We should not make up our minds until we know the
truth - The Pig and the Sheep
In order to succeed, we have to work, not play -
The Piping Fisherman
Physician heal thyself - The Quack
We must treat people properly if we expect their
help - The Soldier and his Horse
One swallow does not make a summer -
The Spendthrift and the Swallow
What is worth most is often valued least
Beauty is not as important as usefulness - The
Stag at the Pool (Stag and his Antlers)
We may change our habits, but we cannot change our
nature - The Swan and the Crow
Our home always seems the best for us
To each his own - The Town (City) Mouse and the
Plodding wins the race
Slow and steady can win the race -
The Tortoise and the Hare
We tend to blame others for our own mistakes -
The Traveler and his Dog
We are always grateful for help when it is offered -
The Travelers and the Plane Tree
Unity is strength
Union is strength - The Trees and the Axe
Equals make the best friends - Two
In the world, might is often right -
The Wild Ass
and the Lion
Be prepared - The Wild Boar and
Look before you leap - The Wolf
and the Goat
Their is no virtue in giving someone something we do
not want ourselves - The Wolf and the Horse
Sometimes we can be too clever for our own good
Pretending you are someone you are not can be dangerous!
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
One story is
good, till another is told!