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The Morals of Aesop’s Fables
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Nature exceeds nurture.
Nature never breaks her own laws.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Necessity knows no law.
No arguments will give courage to the coward.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust or distrust him.
No one truly forgets injuries in the presence of him who caused the injury.
Nothing escapes the master's eye.
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
Of what use is it to pretend there is a choice when there is none?
Old birds are not to be caught with chaff.
Old friends cannot with impunity be sacrificed for new ones.
Once bitten, twice shy.
One cannot be first in everything.
One good turn deserves another.
One man's meat is another man's poison.
One story is good, till another is told.
One swallow does not make summer.
Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.
People who wrangle and fight give opportunities to their enemies.
Persuasion is better than force.
Physicians should first heal themselves.
Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.
Pride goes before destruction.
Revenge is a two-edged sword.
Revenge is dearly bought at the price of liberty.
Self-help is the best help.
Self-interest alone moves some men.
Silly people despise what is precious because they cannot understand it.
Slavery is too high a price to pay for easy living.
Slow but steady wins the race.
Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes than in the eyes of their neighbors.
Some men underrate their best blessings.
Some will always find fault with the things that benefit them.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Stoop to conquer.
Straws show how the wind blows.
Swan song
The advise of an enemy is not to be trusted.
The battle is not always won by the strong.
The best intentions will not always ensure success.
The cold-blooded possess a poisonous bite.
The covetous are poor givers.
The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.
The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit.
The flower in the vase smiles, but it can no longer laugh.
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
The greedy never know when they have had enough.
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
The least outlay is not always the greatest gain.
The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.
The memory of a good deed lives.
The more honor the more danger.
The remedy may be as bad as the disease.
The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions.
The simple are easily deceived.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
The value is in the worth, not in the number.
The want of a good excuse never kept a villain from crime.
The wicked often fall into their own snares.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
There are two sides to every truth.
There is more danger from a pretended friend than from an open enemy.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.
They are not wise who give to themselves the credit due to others.
They who act without sufficient thought, will often fall into unsuspected danger.
They who lay traps for others are often caught by their own bait.
They who live by robbery cannot call other men thieves.
Think before you act.
Those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous.
Those who betray their friends must not expect others to keep faith with them.
Those who cause evil are the first to be overwhelmed by its ruin.
Those who enter by the back stairs may expect to be shown out at the window.
Those who lead an idle life are apt to scorn the honest and diligent, but their life is often miserable.
Those who love practical jokes must be prepared to laugh when one is made at their expense.
Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.
Those who suffer most cry out the least.
Those who, out of vanity, attempt more than they can perform are certain to bring ridicule upon themselves.
Time and place often give the advantage to the weak over the strong.
To know the world one must construct it.
Too much cunning over-reaches itself.
Try before you trust.
Two blacks do not make one white.
Union is strength.
Use is better than ornament.
Use serves to overcome dread.
War can protect. It cannot create.
We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them.
We must make friends in prosperity if we would have their help in adversity.
We should never lose a grand opportunity.
What is most truly valuable is often underrated.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.
When the rich surrender the rights of the poor they endanger their own privileges.
Wise men keep a guard on their tongues.
Wit always has an answer ready.
You can play a good card once too often.
You cannot escape your fate.
Youth's first duty is reverence to parents.
Zeal should not outrun discretion.

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