Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Parrot Seller

once a man owned a fine green parrot. He taught the bird to say, "No doubt about it."One night the man buried some money in different places in the village. Next morning he went through the village with his bird, saying: "My  parrot is wise. He will show me where to dig for money."Whenever he came to a place where he had buried some money, he said, "O wise parrot, if I dig here, shall I find any gold?"The parrot always looked very wise and said, "No doubt about it."Then the man would dig up the money and show it to the people who stood around.A young man, who had watched the parrot and his owner for some time, thought, "If I had that parrot, I should soon be rich."So he said to the owner of the parrot, "For how much will you sell your parrot?""For one thousand pieces of gold!""That is a great deal of money!" cried the young man."But my parrot is worth it; are you not, O wise one?" said the man."No doubt about it," answered the parrot.This answer pleased the young man so much that he paid the one thousand pieces of gold and walked off with the parrot.He at once took the parrot out to look for money. Many times he asked him, "If I dig here, shall I find some gold?" Every time the parrot answered, "No doubt about it."But though he dug and dug, he never found a single gold piece.At last he felt sure that the bird's  owner had cheated him. "O wise bird," he said, "I think I was a fool to give a thousand pieces of gold for you."The parrot looked very wise and answered, "No doubt about it."The parrot looked so funny as he said this that the young man laughed and laughed."Well," he said at last, "you told the truth that time, O wise one. After this I shall work. That is the only way to gain riches.""No doubt about it," agreed the parrot, and for the second time he told the truth.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Raven and The Fox

Perch'd on a lofty oak,  
Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese; 
 Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
    Thus to the holder spoke:--
  'Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?  
Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one! 
 So black and glossy, on my word,
sir,  With voice to match, you were a bird, sir,
Well fit to be the Phoenix of these days.'
   Sir Raven, overset with praise, 
 Must show how musical his croak.
  Down fell the luncheon from the oak; 
 Which snatching up, Sir Fox thus spoke:--    
'The flatterer, my good sir,   
 Aye liveth on his listener;  
  Which lesson, if you please,   
 Is doubtless worth the cheese.'
  A bit too late, Sir Raven swore

 The rogue never  cheat him more.[2] Both Aesop and Phaedrus have a version of this fable

The Wolf and The Crane

A Wolf had been feasting too greedily, and a bone had stuck crosswise in his throat. He could get it neither up nor down, and of course he could not eat a thing. Naturally that was an awful state of affairs for a greedy Wolf. So away he hurried to the Crane. He was sure that she, with her long neck and bill, would easily be able to reach the bone and pull it out."I will reward you very handsomely," said the Wolf, "if you pull that bone out for me."The Crane, as you can imagine, was very uneasy about putting her head in a Wolf's throat. But she was grasping in nature, so she did what the Wolf asked her to do.When the Wolf felt that the bone was gone, he started to walk away."But what about my reward!" called the Crane anxiously."What!" snarled the Wolf, whirling around. "Haven't you got it? Isn't it enough that I let you take your head out of my mouth without snapping it off?"   

 Expect no reward for serving the wicked.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Fox and The Grapes

The Fox & the Grapes 

A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. 
The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox's mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them. 
 The bunch hung from a high branch, and the Fox had to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way.
 So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again he tried, but in vain.Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.   
 "What a fool I am," he said. "Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for."And off he walked very, very scornfully.    

There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.

Aeshops tales

The Æsop for Children - Belling the Cat

Belling the Cat

The Æsop for Children - Belling the Cat

The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away.   
 Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough.  
 At last a very young Mouse got up and said:"I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful.All we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said:"I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question: Who will bell the Cat?"   

 It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.
The Æsop for Children

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Fox and The Ox

The Fox and The Ox

An Ox came down to a reedy pool drink. As he splashed heavily into the water, he crushed a young Frog into the mud.The old Frog soon missed the little one and asked his brothers and sisters what had become of him."A great big monster," said one of them, "stepped on little brother with one of his huge feet!""Big, was he!" said the old Frog, puffing herself up. "Was he as big as this?"", much bigger!" they cried.The Frog puffed up still more."He could not have been bigger than this," she said. But the little Frogs all declared that the monster was much, much bigger and the old Frog kept puffing herself out more and more until, all at once, she burst.
Aeshops Tales

The Hare & The Tortoise

The Hare & the Tortoise    

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.  

 "Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh."Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."

 The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. 
 So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.  
 The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.    
 The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.  

  The race is not always to the swift.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Lark & Her Young Ones

A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and the young birds, too, grew in strength. Then one day, when the ripe golden grain waved in the breeze, the Farmer and his son came into the field."This wheat is now ready for reaping," said the Farmer. "We must call in our neighbors and friends to help us harvest it."The young Larks in their nest close by were much frightened, for they knew they would be in great danger if they did not leave the nest before the reapers came. When the Mother Lark returned with food for them, they told her what they had heard.
"Do not be frightened, children," said the Mother Lark. "If the Farmer said he would call in his neighbors and friends to help him do his work, this -wheat will not be reaped for a while yet."A few days later, the wheat was so ripe, that when the wind shook the stalks, a hail of wheat grains came rustling down on the young Larks' heads."If this wheat is not harvested at once," said the Farmer, "we shall lose half the crop. We cannot wait any longer for help from our friends. Tomorrow we must set to work, ourselves."When the young Larks told their mother what they had heard that day, she said:"Then we must be off at once. When a man decides to do his own work and not depend on any one else, then you may be sure there will be no more delay."There was much fluttering and trying out of wings that afternoon, and at sunrise next day, when the Farmer and his son cut down the grain, they found an empty nest.    Self-help is the best help.

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