Index of Æsop's Fables by
"The Moral of the Story..."

A false tale often betrays itself.
The Fox and the Monkey

A man is known by the company he keeps.
The Ass and His Purchaser

A willful man will have his way to his own hurt.
The Two Frogs

Abstain and enjoy
. The Huntsman and the Fisherman

Acquaintance softens prejudices.
The Fox and the Lion

Attempt not impossibilities.
The Dogs and the Hides

Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.
The Hawk, the Kite, and the Pigeons

Be on guard against men who can strike from a distance.
The Bowman and Lion

Benefits bestowed upon the evil-disposed increase their means of injuring you.
The Man Bitten by a Dog

Better poverty without care, than riches with.
The Fir-Tree and the Bramble

Birds of a feather flock together.
The Farmer and the Stork

Change of habit cannot alter Nature.
The Raven and the Swan

Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.
The Two Dogs

Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.
The Crab and the Fox

Counsel without help is useless.
The Boy Bathing

Count the cost before you commit yourselves.
The Hares and the Foxes

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.
The Goat and the Goatherd

Do not attempt too much at once.
The Boy and the Filberts

Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for another.
The Oxen and the Butchers

Do nothing without a regard to the consequences.
The Two Frogs

Don't make much ado about nothing.
The Mountain in Labor

Equals make the best friends.
The Two Pots

Every man for himself.
The Three Tradesmen

Every man should be content to mind his own business.
The Seagull and the Kite

Every tale is not to be believed.
The Thief and the Innkeeper

Everyone is more or less master of his own fate.
The Traveler and Fortune

Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.
The Sick Stag

Evil tendencies are shown in early life.
The Blind Man and the Whelp

Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.
The Bee and Jupiter

Example is more powerful than precept.
The Crab and Its Mother

Fair weather friends are not worth much.
The Swallow and the Crow

False confidence often leads into danger.
The Ass, the Cock, and the Lion

Fine feathers don't make fine birds.
The Peacock and the Crane

Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others.
The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

Harm hatch, harm catch.
The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk

Harm seek. Harm find.
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

He is not to be trusted as a friend who mistreats his own family.
The Master and His Dogs

He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.
The Sick Lion

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.
The Two Travelers and the Axe

Hypocritical speeches are easily seen through.
The Wolf and the Sheep

If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.
The Tortoise and the Eagle

If words suffice not, blows must follow.
The Farmer and the Cranes

In a change of government the poor change nothing beyond the name of their master.
The Ass and the Old Shepherd

In avoiding one evil, care must be taken not to fall into another.
The Doe and the Lion

In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance.
The Ass and His Shadow

In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.
The Wolf and the Crane

It is absurd to ape our betters.
The Monkey and the Camel

It is easy to kick a man that is down.
The Dogs and the Fox

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
The Bat and the Weasels

It matters little if those who are inferior to us in merit should be like us in outside appearances.
The She-Goats and Their Beards

It shows an evil disposition to take advantage of a friend in distress.
The Bull and the Goat

It sometimes happens that one man has all the toil, and another all the profit.
The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox

Like will draw like.
The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

Little liberties are great offenses.
The Lion, the Mouse, and the Fox

Look before you leap.
The Fox and the Goat

Men of evil reputation, when they perform a good deed, fail to get credit for it.
The Wolf and the Horse

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
The Ass and the Frogs

Might makes right.
The Wild Ass and the Lion

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
The Bear and the Two Travelers

Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest to bear.
The Oak and the Woodcutters

Nature exceeds nurture.
The Cat and Venus

Necessity is the mother of invention.
The Crow and the Pitcher

Necessity knows no law.
The Birdcatcher, the Partridge, and the Cock

No arguments will give courage to the coward.
The Fawn and His Mother

No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust or distrust him.
The Dog and the Hare

No one truly forgets injuries in the presence of him who caused the injury.
The Laborer and the Snake

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
The Mischievous Dog

Old friends cannot with impunity be sacrificed for new ones.
The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

One story is good, till another is told.
The Man and the Lion

Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.
The Seaside Travelers

Persuasion is better than Force.
The North Wind and the Sun

Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.
The Flies and the Honey-Pot

Pride goes before destruction.
The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

Self-help is the best help.
Hercules and the Wagoner

Self-help is the best help.
The Lark and Her Young Ones

Self-interest alone moves some men.
The Peasant and the Apple-Tree

Slow but steady wins the race.
The Hare and the Tortoise

Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes than in the eyes of their neighbors.
The Gnat and the Bull

Some men underrate their best blessings.
The Travelers and the Plane-Tree

Stoop to conquer.
The Oak and the Reeds

Straws show how the wind blows.
The Man and His Wife

The best intentions will not always ensure success.
The Monkeys and Their Mother

The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings.
The Kites and the Swans

The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit.
The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
The Farmer and the Snake

The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
The Hunter and the Woodsman

The least outlay is not always the greatest gain.
The Widow and the Sheep

The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.
The Traveler and His Dog

The memory of a good deed lives.
The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar

The more honor the more danger.
The Mice and the Weasels

The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions.
The Thieves and the Cock

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
The Wolf and the Lamb

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

There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.
The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf

They are not wise who give to themselves the credit due to others.
The Ass Carrying the Image

They who act without sufficient thought, will often fall into unsuspected danger.
The Dog and the Oyster

Those who assume a character which does not belong to them, only make themselves ridiculous.
The Crow and the Raven

Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.
The Man and His Two Sweethearts

Those who suffer most cry out the least.
The Oxen and the Axle-Trees

Time and place often give the advantage to the weak over the strong.
The Kid and the Wolf

Try before you trust.
The Lion and the Eagle

Two blacks do not make one white.
The Stag, the Wolf, and the Sheep

Union is strength.
The Lion and the Three Bulls

Use serves to overcome dread.
The Camel

We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them.
The King's Son and the Painted Lion

We must make friends in prosperity if we would have their help in adversity.
The Sick Kite

What is most truly valuable is often underrated.
The Stag at the Pool

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

Whatever you do, do with all your might.
The Boy and the Nettles

Youth's first duty is reverence to parents.
The Lark Burying Her Father

Zeal should not outrun discretion.
The Thirsty Pigeon