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Quotes by Aesop

  • Greek author
  • Born 620 BC
  • Died 560 BC

Aesop ( EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.


A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.


It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.




A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.




It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.




It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.




It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.




We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.


The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.




Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.




Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.




Plodding wins the race.




Please all, and you will please none.


Example is the best precept.




Appearances are often deceiving.




Adventure is worthwhile.




The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.




The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.




Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.




Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.




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




Familiarity breeds contempt.




Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.




Slow but steady wins the race.




Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.




Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.




Any excuse will serve a tyrant.


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.




People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.



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