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.

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.

words

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

kindness

Familiarity breeds contempt.

familiarity

Example is the best precept.

example

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

law

Vices are their own punishment.

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.

zeal

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

famous will

Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.

appearances sheep

God helps those who help themselves.
— Aesop

action

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

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.

freedom

The gods help them that help themselves.

self-reliance

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

friendship

Enemies' promises were made to be broken.

enemies

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

freedom

It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.

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.

heroism

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

persuasion

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

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.

wish

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

tyranny

The quarrels of friends are the opportunities of foes.

quarrels

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

evil

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

certainty

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

prayer

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

self-deception

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

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