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Aesop
Greek slave & fable author

Aesop (from the Greek Aisopos), famous for his Fables, is supposed to have lived from about 620 to 560 B.C. The place of his birth is uncertain--Thrace, Phrygia, Aethiopia, Samos, Athens and Sardis all claiming the honour. We possess little trustworthy information concerning his life, except that he was the slave of Iadmon of Samos and met with a violent death at the hands of the inhabitants of Delphi.

Quotes

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Aesop


Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
- Aesop

In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
- Aesop

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
- Aesop

It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop

What a splendid head, yet no brain.
- Aesop

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
- Aesop

It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
- Aesop

Union gives strength.
- Aesop

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
- Aesop

The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
- Aesop

Familiarity breed contempt.
- Aesop

Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
- Aesop

Slow and steady wins the race.
- Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop

It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.
- Aesop

I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
- Aesop

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
- Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
- Aesop

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
- Aesop

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

Appearances often are deceiving.
- Aesop

 


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