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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 tyranny.

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 wasted

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 ruined.

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 others.

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 another.

Little liberties are great offenses.

Old friends cannot with impunity be sacrificed for new ones.

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 the truth.

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 their parents.

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 substance.

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 certain gain.

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 into another.

Every man should be content to mind his own business.

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 others.

Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest to bear.

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 distance.

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 tolerated.

The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions.


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 Grasshopper

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - The Ass and the Mule

A man is known by the company he keeps - The Ass and his Purchaser

Laugh and the world laughs with you - The Bald Huntsman

Things are not always what they seem - Beekeeper and the Bees

People are expected to be loyal and stick by their friends
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 Fox

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 impossible
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 Beetle

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 Crow

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties - The Fox and the Goat

Some folks despise and belittle the things they cannot have
It's easy to speak badly of things you can's have - The Fox and the Grapes

Beauty is only skin deep - The Fox and the Leopard

Familiarity breeds contempt - The Fox and the Lion

Handsome looks are of little worth without sense - The Fox and the Mask

A false tale often betrays itself -  The Fox and the Monkey

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 a King

We often seem more important to ourselves than we do to others
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 Fisherman

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 the Weasels

Those who lie and boast may end up in trouble - The Monkey and the Dolphin

Be yourself - The Monkey and the Camel

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 the Sun

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 Frog

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 Country Mouse

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 Pots

In the world, might is often right - The Wild Ass and the Lion

Be prepared - The Wild Boar and the Fox

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!



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