Beautiful Words of Wisdom From Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek story teller who captivated people with his fables, which are now a collection simply referred to as Aesops’s Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and no writings by him survive, tales have been gathered across the centuries that are credited to him, in many languages, and his storytelling tradition continues to this day. Here are some beautiful excerpts from some of these stories.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

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

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

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

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

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

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

Adventure is worthwhile.

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

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

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

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

Please all, and you will please none.

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

United we stand, divided we fall.

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

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.

Appearances are often deceiving.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

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

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

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

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

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

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.

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.

Slow but steady wins the race.

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.

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

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

If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.

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