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111 Inspiring Quotes by Aesop

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Wikipedia Summary for Aesop

Aesop ( EE-sop or AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; 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. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.

brown and red paint brushes

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

--Aesop

sunflowers

Better to starve free than be a fat slave.

--Aesop

library shelf near black wooden ladder

He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it.

--Aesop

orange and yellow round light

Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion.

--Aesop

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Being a good example teaches others to be good.

--Aesop

aerial photo of brown moutains

It pays to be prepared.

--Aesop

silhouette of stones during golden hour

There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues.

--Aesop

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

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

--Aesop

red fire illustration

Save for a rainy day.

--Aesop

old cowboy boots

You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies.

--Aesop

body of water under cloudy sky at night

Labour is the source of every blessing.

--Aesop

sunset

Enemies promises were made to be broken.

--Aesop

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

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

--Aesop

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

There can be little liking where there is no likeness.

--Aesop

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.

--Aesop

car passing by in between trees

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

--Aesop

rocks near shore during nighttime

Zeal should not outrun discretion.

--Aesop

woman standing on sunflower field

Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.

--Aesop

pug puppy

Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.

--Aesop

feet in sand

Union gives strength.

--Aesop

person with black tattoo on left hand

He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.

--Aesop


silhouette of mountain during sunset

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

--Aesop

golden retriever inside car

Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future.

--Aesop

three people paddling in canoe

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

--Aesop

milky way above body of water

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

--Aesop

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find-nothing.

--Aesop

library shelf near black wooden ladder

Never trust advice from a man in the throes of his own difficulty.

--Aesop

bird at pier

Don't believe everything you hear.

--Aesop

flower garden

Every man for himself.

--Aesop

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.

--Aesop

person with black tattoo on left hand

We often despise what is most useful to us.

--Aesop

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

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

--Aesop

man in black shirt on pink background

He that has many friends, has no friends.

--Aesop


white board beside pencil and tape

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

--Aesop

A view of the night showing stars

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

--Aesop

stars in the sky during night time

Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing.

--Aesop

landscape photography of trees

What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.

--Aesop

pink and white clouds

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.

--Aesop


group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

In union there is strength.

--Aesop

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.

--Aesop

white desk lamp beside green plant

Lay not the blame on me, O sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself, but the winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.

--Aesop

silhouette of trees during nighttime

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

--Aesop

person holding yellow petaled flower

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.

--Aesop

photography of starry sky

Self conceit may lead to self destruction.

--Aesop

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Those who enter through the back door can expect to be shown out through the window.

--Aesop

selective focus photography of sunflower

Don't pretend to be something you aren't.

--Aesop

green tree under blue sky during night time

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

--Aesop

brown trees on brown field during daytime

It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others.

--Aesop

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.

--Aesop

gray satellite disc on field

Conceit may bring about one's own downfall.

--Aesop

sunset

Happy is the person who learns from the misfortunes of others.

--Aesop

green leaf in close up photography

Enemies' promises were made to be broken.

--Aesop

red illustration

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

--Aesop

pink concrete wall during daytime

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

--Aesop

grassland landscape

Good things come in small packages.

--Aesop

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

After the rain cometh the fair weather.

--Aesop


selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

--Aesop

photo of pine tree

Gentle persuasion succeeds where force fails.

--Aesop

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

--Aesop

black pug puppy

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

--Aesop

green fruit in macro lens photography

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.

--Aesop

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

Slow but steady wins the race.

--Aesop

man in cowboy hat sitting in bleachers

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

--Aesop

brown leaf on asphalt road

United we stand, divided we fall.

--Aesop

forest near mountain alps

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

--Aesop

sunset over hill

In a crisis, give help first and then advice.

--Aesop

pink dahlia in bloom

Appearances are often deceiving.

--Aesop

trees on forest with sun rays

He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.

--Aesop


white and black boat on sea during daytime

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

--Aesop

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.

--Aesop

brown chopped logs

Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.

--Aesop

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.

--Aesop

sunset

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

--Aesop

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

The value is in the worth, not in the number.

--Aesop

green ceramic mug beside book

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

--Aesop

three people paddling in canoe

Please all, and you will please none.

--Aesop

woman standing on cliff

You may share the labors of the great, but you will not share the spoil.

--Aesop

photo of brown wood slab

Only cowards insult dying majesty.

--Aesop

two women lying on hammock

We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.

--Aesop

red blue yellow and red paint

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

--Aesop

brown and black tiger near body of water

Who acts in haste repents at leisure.

--Aesop

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Slow and Steady wins the race.

--Aesop

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today.

--Aesop

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

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

--Aesop

sunset

A consciousness of misfortunes arising from a man's own misconduct aggravates their bitterness.

--Aesop

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

--Aesop

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

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

--Aesop

brown leaf on asphalt road

Equals make the best friends.

--Aesop

woman holding Pug puppy

It is useless attacking the insensible.

--Aesop

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.

--Aesop

cloudy sky

I thought these grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.

--Aesop

closeup photo of sunflower

If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.

--Aesop

aerial photography of pine trees

Acquaintance softens prejudice.

--Aesop

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

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

--Aesop

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

It is possible to have too much of a good thing.

--Aesop

closeup photo of green leafed plant

Much wants more and loses all.

--Aesop

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

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

--Aesop

black pug

A kindness is never wasted.

--Aesop

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

All men are more concerned to recover what they lose than to acquire what they lack.

--Aesop

starry milky way

It pays to be content with your lot.

--Aesop

flower garden

Don't cry over spilt milk.

--Aesop

body of water near mountains

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

--Aesop

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end.

--Aesop

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.

--Aesop

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, 'What a dust do I raise!'

--Aesop

adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog

Every man should be content to mind his own business.

--Aesop

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