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Aesop was born around 620 B.C. and is a legendary Greek story teller. According to Herodotus, he was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th cent. B.C. and eventually was freed by his master. Other accounts associate him with many wild adventures and connect him with such rulers as Solon and Croesus. The fables called Aesop’s fables have been preserved, the most famous of these fables include: The Fox and the Grapes and The Tortoise and the Hare. Within these fables is a vast storehouse of knowledge, wit and truth.

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”

“United we stand, divided we fall.”

“A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.”

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

“Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.”

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.”

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.”

“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”

“Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.”

“Wealth unused might as well not exist.”

“Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.”

“He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.”

“If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.”

“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

“It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.”

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”