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Aesop Quote: “Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future.”

Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future.

— Aesop



Aesop Quote: “We like other people to show themselves to us as they really are.”

We like other people to show themselves to us as they really are.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “He collected audiences around him, and flourished and exhibited and harangued.”

He collected audiences around him, and flourished and exhibited and harangued.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.”

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Be content with what nature made you, or run the risk of earning contempt by trying to be what you’re not.”

Be content with what nature made you, or run the risk of earning contempt by trying to be what you’re not.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.”

We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Each person has his strong point.”

Each person has his strong point.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “All of us, the great and the little have need of each other.”

All of us, the great and the little have need of each other.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.”

In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Sometimes the slow ones blame the active for the delay.”

Sometimes the slow ones blame the active for the delay.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Familiarity gives rise to contempt.”

Familiarity gives rise to contempt.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.”

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Labour is the source of every blessing.”

Labour is the source of every blessing.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “If you had half as much brains as you have beard, you would have looked before you leaped.”

If you had half as much brains as you have beard, you would have looked before you leaped.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Others may try to feed our ego, but it is up to us to constrain it.”

Others may try to feed our ego, but it is up to us to constrain it.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “One who steals has no right to complain if he is robbed.”

One who steals has no right to complain if he is robbed.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.”

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it.”

He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “We should find out as much as possible about someone before coming into conflict with him.”

We should find out as much as possible about someone before coming into conflict with him.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “If these town gods can’t detect the thieves who steal from their own temples, it’s hardly likely they’ll tell me who stole my spade.”

If these town gods can’t detect the thieves who steal from their own temples, it’s hardly likely they’ll tell me who stole my spade.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find-nothing.”

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find-nothing.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The safeguards of virtue are hateful to the evil disposed.”

The safeguards of virtue are hateful to the evil disposed.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Better no rule than cruel rule.”

Better no rule than cruel rule.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Fair weather friends are not worth much.”

Fair weather friends are not worth much.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Do not waste your pity on a scamp.”

Do not waste your pity on a scamp.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to confer benefits on a Lion.”

You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to confer benefits on a Lion.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Every man carries two bags about him, one in front and one behind, and both are full of faults. The bag in front contains his neighbors’ faults, the one behind his own. Hence it is that men do not see their own faults, but never fail to see those of others.”

Every man carries two bags about him, one in front and one behind, and both are full of faults. The bag in front contains his neighbors’ faults, the one behind his own. Hence it is that men do not see their own faults, but never fail to see those of others.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “A SWALLOW, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and there hatched seven young birds. A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings. The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly and exclaimed: “Woe to me a stranger! that in this place where all others’ rights are protected, I alone should suffer wrong.”

A SWALLOW, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and there hatched seven young birds. A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings. The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly and exclaimed: “Woe to me a stranger! that in this place where all others’ rights are protected, I alone should suffer wrong.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Don’t take it so much to heart, my friend; put a brick into the hole, and take a look at it every day: you won’t be any worse off than before, for even when you had your gold it was of no earthly use to you.”

Don’t take it so much to heart, my friend; put a brick into the hole, and take a look at it every day: you won’t be any worse off than before, for even when you had your gold it was of no earthly use to you.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The Boys and the Frogs SOME BOYS, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: “Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us.”

The Boys and the Frogs SOME BOYS, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: “Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.”

If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The Sun is bad enough even while he is single, drying up our marshes with his heat as he does. But what will become of us if he marries and and begets other suns?”

The Sun is bad enough even while he is single, drying up our marshes with his heat as he does. But what will become of us if he marries and and begets other suns?

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.”

AN ASS having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” The Ass resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “United you will be more than a match for your enemies. But if you quarrel and separate, your weakness will put you at the mercy of those who attack you.”

United you will be more than a match for your enemies. But if you quarrel and separate, your weakness will put you at the mercy of those who attack you.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “No gratitude from the wicked.”

No gratitude from the wicked.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “It is like this in a city-state; the demagogues thrive by throwing the state into discord.”

It is like this in a city-state; the demagogues thrive by throwing the state into discord.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The Fawn and His Mother A YOUNG FAWN once said to his Mother, “You are larger than a dog, and swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a defense; why, then, O Mother! do the hounds frighten you so?” She smiled, and said: “I know full well, my son, that all you say is true. I have the advantages you mention, but when I hear even the bark of a single dog I feel ready to faint, and fly away as fast as I can.” No arguments will give courage to the coward.”

The Fawn and His Mother A YOUNG FAWN once said to his Mother, “You are larger than a dog, and swifter, and more used to running, and you have your horns as a defense; why, then, O Mother! do the hounds frighten you so?” She smiled, and said: “I know full well, my son, that all you say is true. I have the advantages you mention, but when I hear even the bark of a single dog I feel ready to faint, and fly away as fast as I can.” No arguments will give courage to the coward.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “The Oxen and the Axle-Trees A HEAVY WAGON was being dragged along a country lane by a team of Oxen. The Axle-trees groaned and creaked terribly; whereupon the Oxen, turning round, thus addressed the wheels: “Hullo there! why do you make so much noise? We bear all the labor, and we, not you, ought to cry out.” Those who suffer most cry out the least.”

The Oxen and the Axle-Trees A HEAVY WAGON was being dragged along a country lane by a team of Oxen. The Axle-trees groaned and creaked terribly; whereupon the Oxen, turning round, thus addressed the wheels: “Hullo there! why do you make so much noise? We bear all the labor, and we, not you, ought to cry out.” Those who suffer most cry out the least.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Precious things are for those that can prize them.”

Precious things are for those that can prize them.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Lay not the blame on me, O sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself, but the winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.”

Lay not the blame on me, O sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself, but the winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.”

Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard.”

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

Necessity is the mother of invention.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “There can be no good fable with human beings in it. There can be no good fairy tale without them.”

There can be no good fable with human beings in it. There can be no good fairy tale without them.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “There was once a Charcoal-burner who lived and worked by himself. A Fuller, however, happened to come and settle in the same neighbourhood; and the Charcoal-burner, having made his acquaintance and finding he was.”

There was once a Charcoal-burner who lived and worked by himself. A Fuller, however, happened to come and settle in the same neighbourhood; and the Charcoal-burner, having made his acquaintance and finding he was.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Try before you trust.”

Try before you trust.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.”

Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Who acts in haste repents at leisure.”

Who acts in haste repents at leisure.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “Misfortune tests the sincerity of friendship.”

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friendship.

— Aesop


Aesop Quote: “It is easy to propose impossible remedies.” The.”

It is easy to propose impossible remedies.” The.

— Aesop

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