The Ants and the Grasshopper

This entry is part 81 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

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


The ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food.

The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?’ He replied, “I had not leisure enough.

I passed the days in singing.” They then said in derision: “If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supper-less to bed in the winter.”

The Ants and the Grasshopper

Aesop

Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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