Aesop Quotes

Most popular Aesop Quotes

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
— Aesop

human nature

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
— Aesop (Fables)

appearances

Never trust the advice of someone in difficulties.
— Aesop

advice

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy.
— Aesop

doubt

Words may be deeds.
— Aesop (Fables)

words

A mouse may help a lion.
— Aesop
Clumsy jesting is no joke.
— Aesop
A kindness is never wasted.
— Aesop

kindness

Familiarity breeds contempt.
— Aesop (Fables)

familiarity

Example is the best precept.
— Aesop (Fables)

example

Obscurity often brings safety.
— Aesop
Better no rule than cruel rule.
— Aesop

law

Vices are their own punishment.
— Aesop (Fables)

vice

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
— Aesop
Please all and you please none.
— Aesop

wise

Little by little does the trick.
— Aesop
United we stand, divided we fall.
— Aesop
Zeal should not outrun discretion.
— Aesop (Fables)

zeal

Where there's a will, there's a way.
— Aesop

famous will

Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.
— Aesop (Fables)

appearances sheep

God helps those who help themselves.
— Aesop

action

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
— Aesop (Fables)

gratitude

Wealth unused might as well not exist.
— Aesop

wealth

Little friends may prove great friends.
— Aesop
Better starve free than be a fat slave.
— Aesop (Fables)

freedom

The gods help them that help themselves.
— Aesop (Fables)

self-reliance

He that has many friends, has no friends.
— Aesop

friendship

Enemies' promises were made to be broken.
— Aesop (Fables)

enemies

Better to starve free than be a fat slave.
— Aesop

freedom

It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
— Aesop (Fables)

bravery

Injuries may be forgiven but not forgotten.
— Aesop
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
— Aesop

bravery

The strong and the weak cannot keep company.
— Aesop
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
— Aesop (Fables)

heroism

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
— Aesop (Fables)

persuasion

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
— Aesop (Fables)

advice trust

Never trust a friend who deserts you in a pinch.
— Aesop

friendship

Do not let your fancy make you forget realities.
— Aesop
There is always someone worse off than yourself.
— Aesop
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
— Aesop
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
— Aesop
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
— Aesop (Fables)

wish

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
— Aesop (Fables)

tyranny

The quarrels of friends are the opportunities of foes.
— Aesop (Fables)

quarrels

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
— Aesop (Fables)

evil

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
— Aesop (Fables)

lying

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
— Aesop
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
— Aesop
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
— Aesop (Fables)

self-destructiveness

Better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon.
— Aesop
Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail.
— Aesop
Fine clothes may disguise, but foolish words will disclose a fool.
— Aesop (Fables)

foolishness Fools

Who is to bell the cat? It is easy to propose impossible remedies.
— Aesop
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
— Aesop (Fables)

anxiety

A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect.
— Aesop

certainty

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
— Aesop (Fables)

happiness

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

politicians

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

principles

The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.
— Aesop
I should be foolish to release the bird I have in my hand in order to pursue another.
— Aesop (Fables)

certainty

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
— Aesop (Fables)

prayer

The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot wheel and said, "What a dust do I raise!"
— Aesop (Fables)

self-deception

Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either.
— Aesop (Fables)

truth

Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
— Aesop

truth

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

enemies