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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.

Quote: Gratitude turns what we have into enough. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Gratitude turns what we have into enough.


Quote: Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of fawn pug in close up photography
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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.


Quote: It pays to be content with your lot. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of woman and man holding hands
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It pays to be content with your lot.


Quote: He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour
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He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end.


Quote: Good things come in small packages. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of white rose
Photo Credit: Andrew Johnson

Good things come in small packages.


Quote: Slow and Steady wins the race. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of flowers
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Slow and Steady wins the race.


Quote: The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress
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The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.


Quote: Please all, and you will please none. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of three people sitting in front of table laughing together
Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle

Please all, and you will please none.


Quote: The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of white bicycle parked beside wall
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The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.


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


Quote: We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of group of people waving their hands
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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


Quote: 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. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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.


Quote: In a crisis, give help first and then advice. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

In a crisis, give help first and then advice.


Quote: Enemies promises were made to be broken. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Enemies promises were made to be broken.


Quote: Happy is the person who learns from the misfortunes of others. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: It pays to be prepared. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

It pays to be prepared.


Quote: It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Union gives strength. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Union gives strength.


Quote: We should use our judgment before coming to a decision. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.


Quote: Save for a rainy day. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Save for a rainy day.


Quote: Don't believe everything you hear. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Don't believe everything you hear.


Quote: Don't pretend to be something you aren't. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Self conceit may lead to self destruction. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Self conceit may lead to self destruction.


Quote: Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.


Quote: A kindness is never wasted. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

A kindness is never wasted.


Quote: There can be little liking where there is no likeness. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

There can be little liking where there is no likeness.


Quote: Acquaintance softens prejudice. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Acquaintance softens prejudice.


Quote: Adversity tests the sincerity of friends. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.


Quote: Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find-nothing. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: It is easy to despise what you cannot get. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.


Quote: We often despise what is most useful to us. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

We often despise what is most useful to us.


Quote: Conceit may bring about one's own downfall. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Conceit may bring about one's own downfall.


Quote: Who acts in haste repents at leisure. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Who acts in haste repents at leisure.


Quote: Equals make the best friends. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Equals make the best friends.


Quote: What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Labour is the source of every blessing. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Labour is the source of every blessing.


Quote: All men are more concerned to recover what they lose than to acquire what they lack. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Notoriety is often mistaken for fame. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.


Quote: The value is in the worth, not in the number. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Those who seek to please everybody please nobody. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.


Quote: Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.


Quote: Gentle persuasion succeeds where force fails. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Gentle persuasion succeeds where force fails.


Quote: Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.


Quote: Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Those who enter through the back door can expect to be shown out through the window. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, 'What a dust do I raise!' by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Every man for himself. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Every man for himself.


Quote: Being a good example teaches others to be good. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Being a good example teaches others to be good.


Quote: Much wants more and loses all. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Much wants more and loses all.


Quote: Never trust advice from a man in the throes of his own difficulty. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Every man should be content to mind his own business. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Every man should be content to mind his own business.


Quote: A Fox entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it and said, What a beautiful head! Yet it is of no value, as it entirely lacks brains. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

A Fox entered the house of an actor and, rummaging through all his properties, came upon a Mask, an admirable imitation of a human head. He placed his paws on it and said, What a beautiful head! Yet it is of no value, as it entirely lacks brains.


Quote: If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: It is possible to have too much of a good thing. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing.


Quote: You may share the labors of the great, but you will not share the spoil. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: It is useless attacking the insensible. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

It is useless attacking the insensible.


Quote: He that has many friends, has no friends. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

He that has many friends, has no friends.


Quote: He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: A consciousness of misfortunes arising from a man's own misconduct aggravates their bitterness. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.


Quote: Zeal should not outrun discretion. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Zeal should not outrun discretion.


Quote: 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. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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.




Quote: There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.


Quote: I thought these grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Don't cry over spilt milk. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Don't cry over spilt milk.


Quote: The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.


Quote: After the rain cometh the fair weather. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

After the rain cometh the fair weather.


Quote: Only cowards insult dying majesty. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Only cowards insult dying majesty.


Quote: Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Better to starve free than be a fat slave. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Better to starve free than be a fat slave.


Quote: Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Enemies' promises were made to be broken. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Enemies' promises were made to be broken.


Quote: He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: In union there is strength. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

In union there is strength.


Quote: If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.


Quote: We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: United we stand, divided we fall. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

United we stand, divided we fall.


Quote: Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.


Quote: Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.


Quote: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Appearances are often deceiving. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Appearances are often deceiving.


Quote: He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Any excuse will serve a tyrant. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.


Quote: Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.


Quote: He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.


Quote: After all is said and done, more is said than done. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: Slow but steady wins the race. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

Slow but steady wins the race.


Quote: 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. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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.


Quote: Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


Quote: The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. by author Aesop overlaid on photo of photo of author Aesop with quote

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


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