The Horse and the Mule

This entry is part 53 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

A Horse and a Mule were traveling together, the Horse prancing along in its fine trappings, the Mule carrying with difficulty the heavy weight in its panniers. “I wish I were you,” sighed the Mule; “nothing to do and well fed, and all that fine harness upon you.”

Next day, however, there was a great battle, and the Horse was wounded to death in the final charge of the day. His friend, the Mule, happened to pass by shortly afterwards and found him on the point of death. “I was wrong,” said the Mule. “Better humble security than gilded danger.”

Better humble security than gilded danger.

The Horse and the Mule


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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