Quotations by Aesop


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“Androcles,” Fables [tr. Jacobs (1894)]
Added on 28-Nov-13 | Last updated 28-Nov-13
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It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
If we do not strive as well as pray.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“Hercules and the Wagoner”
Added on 20-Jul-07 | Last updated 20-Jul-07
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Little by little does the trick.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Crow and the Pitcher,” Fables [tr. Jacobs (1894)]
Added on 26-Aug-15 | Last updated 26-Aug-15
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People often grudge others when they cannot enjoy themselves.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Dog in the Manger”
Added on 11-Jan-11 | Last updated 11-Jan-11
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United we stand, divided we fall.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Four Oxen and the Lion”
Added on 26-Mar-14 | Last updated 26-Mar-14
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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Lion and the Mouse”
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 14-Mar-14
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Please all, and you will please none.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey,” Fables [tr. Jacobs (1894)]
Added on 21-Aug-15 | Last updated 21-Aug-15
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We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Old Man and Death”
Added on 12-Nov-08 | Last updated 12-Nov-08
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A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”
Added on 3-Oct-08 | Last updated 3-Oct-08
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Example is the best precept.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Two Crabs,” Fables [tr. Jacobs (1894)]
Added on 19-Jan-10 | Last updated 19-Jan-10
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Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Wind and the Sun”
Added on 24-Jan-11 | Last updated 24-Jan-11
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It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Wolf and the Kid”
Added on 20-Nov-15 | Last updated 20-Nov-15
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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Wolf and the Lamb,” Fables [tr. Jacobs (1894)]
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 14-Mar-14
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Appearances often are deceiving.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“The Wolf in Sheep Clothing”

Versified by Gaius Julius Phaedrus, Fables bk. 4, as "Things are not always what they seem.+
Added on 14-Mar-14 | Last updated 14-Mar-14
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The gods help them that help themselves.

Aesop (620?-560? BC) Legendary Greek storyteller
“Hercules and the Wagoner”
Added on 20-Feb-08 | Last updated 20-Feb-08
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