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Ancient Greek fabulist. Aesop's Fables are still taught as moral lessons and used as subjects for various entertainments, especially children's plays and cartoons.
(620 BC - 560 BC)

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A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
 

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.
 

A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
 

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

Adventure is worthwhile.
 

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

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

After the rain cometh the fair weather.
[Rain]
 

An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots.
[Acceptance]
 

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
 

Appearances are often deceiving.
 

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
[Forgiveness]
 

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

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
 

Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing.
 

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

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
 

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
 

Don't cry over spilt milk.
 

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.
 


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