The Tortoise and the Eagle

Moral: If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.
A Tortoise, lazily basking in the sun, complained to the sea-birds of her hard fate, that no one would teach her to fly. An Eagle, hovering near, heard her lamentation and demanded what reward she would give him if he would take her aloft and float her in the air.

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The Bear and the Fox

Moral: Be careful what you boast about.
A Bear boasted very much of his philanthropy, saying that of all animals he was the most tender in his regard for man, for he had such respect for him that he would not even touch his dead body.

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The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

Moral: Be careful what you wish for; your wish may be granted OR Gather all the facts before striking a deal.
A herdsman tending his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold. After a long and fruitless search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the thief who had stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest.

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The Traveller and His Dog

Moral: The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.
A traveller about to set out on a journey saw his Dog stand at the door stretching himself. He asked him sharply: “Why do you stand there gaping? Everything is ready but you, so come with me instantly.”

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The Stag At the Pool

Moral: What is most truly valuable is often underrated.

A Stag overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size and variety of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such slender and weak feet. While he was thus contemplating himself,

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The Aethiop

Moral: What’s bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.

The purchaser of a black servant was persuaded that the colour of his skin arose from dirt contracted through the neglect of his former masters.

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