- The Lion in Love
- The Shepherd and the Sea
- The Fly and the Ant
- The Gardener And His Lord
- The Ass and the Little Dog
- The Battle of the Rats and Weasels
- The Monkey and the Dolphin
- The Man and the Wooden God
- The Jay In The Feathers of the Peacock
- The Camel and the Floating Sticks
- The Frog and the Rat
- The Animals Sending Tribute To Alexander
- The Horse Wishing To Be Revenged On The Stag
- The Fox and the Bust
- The Wolf, the Mother, And Her Child
- The Words Of Socrates
- The Old Man And His Sons
- The Oracle and the Atheist
- The Miser Who Had Lost His Treasure
- The Eye of the Master
- The Lark And Her Young Ones With The Owner Of A Field
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A house was built by Socrates
That failed the public taste to please.
Some blamed the inside; some, the out; and all
Agreed that the apartments were too small.
Such rooms for him, the greatest sage of Greece!
“I ask,” said he, “no greater bliss
Than real friends to fill even this.”
And reason had good Socrates
To think his house too large for these.
A crowd to be your friends will claim,
Till some unhandsome test you bring.
There’s nothing plentier than the name;
There’s nothing rarer than the thing.
The Words Of Socrates – Jean de La Fontaine Fables – Book 4