Aesop’s Fables:

A few key ideas to live by.


  1. Do not attempt the impossible.
  2. It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.
  3. Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
  4. There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.
  5. Expect no reward for serving the wicked.
  6. A kindness is never wasted.
  7. We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
  8. Our best blessings are often the least appreciated.
  9. Flattery is not a proof of true admiration. Do not let flattery throw you off your guard against an enemy.
  10. Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.
  11. In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.
  12. It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness.
  13. Preparedness for war is the best guarantee of peace.
  14. Do not be too hard to suit or you may have to be content with the worst or with nothing at all.
  15. Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.
  16. We often make much of the ornamental and despise the useful.
  17. The trickster is easily tricked.
  18. Look before you leap.
  19. A fine coat is not always an indication of an attractive mind.
  20. Those who seek to harm others often come to harm themselves through their own deceit.
  21. The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.
  22. Even the weakest may find means to avenge a wrong.
  23. Do not believe everything you hear.
  24. The race is not always to the swift.
  25. It is very foolish to be greedy.