Aesop Quotes (92 Quotes)


    As a babysitter my mother trusted you with her children and your broke that trust by touching her daughter

    Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.

    Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

    There can be little liking where there is no likeness

    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.


    Put your shoulder to the wheel.

    A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.

    Obscurity brings safety.

    Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.

    Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

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

    In union there is strength.

    Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

    Wealth unused might as well not exist.

    Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

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

    Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

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

    The gods help them that help themselves.

    The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.

    We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

    Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.

    Familiarity breeds contempt.

    Little by little does the trick.

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

    I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.

    Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.

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

    Appearances are often deceiving.

    The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.

    Appearances are deceptive.

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

    The lamb began to follow the wolf in sheep's clothing.

    There once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but - whack - his palm come on his own head instead again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said ''YOU WILL ONLY INJURE YOURSELF IF YOU TAKE NOTICE OF DISPICABLE ENEMIES.''

    In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.

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

    Kindness effects more than severity.

    Better to die once and for all, than live in continual terror.

    We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.

    Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

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

    Our insignificance is the cause of our safety.

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

    Little friends may prove great friends.

    Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield

    It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

    Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

    The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

    I am sure the grapes are sour.

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


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