Quotes by Aesop

Aesop’s fables may be over 2500 years old, but they are still enjoyed today. Here are some of Aesop’s most quoted words and lines.

Best Aesop Quotes

Aesop (620-564 BC) was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist. His stories, known as Aesop’s Fables, are still widely known around the world today.

Aesop’s fables often feature animals with human characteristics, and they usually convey a moral lesson or message. Some of his most well-known fables include “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” and “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”

While it is unclear whether Aesop was a real person or a mythical figure, his fables have been widely translated and adapted into numerous languages and have remained popular for centuries. His stories have been used to teach children moral lessons, and his style of storytelling has influenced many writers throughout history.

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

Famous Quotes By Aesop

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

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.

You can fool people some of the time, but you can’t fool them all of the time

Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most

Little by little does the trick.

Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness

Birds of a feather flock together.

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

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.

Quotes From Aesop

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”.

Don’t neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today

Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted

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

If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself

Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance

Expect no reward when you serve the wicked, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pain

Every man carries two bags about him, one in front and one behind, and both are full of faults. The bag in front contains his neighbors’ faults, the one behind his own. Hence it is that men do not see their own faults, but never fail to see those of others.

Well Known Quotes Aesop

There is no shame in light blue eyes.

One, but a lion.

Character lies in polite and friendly speaking.

In the good days remember also death.

We all came naked and we shall depart naked.

He who is close to Zeus is close to thunder.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing.

A friend and a horse are tested in a difficult situation.

The unlucky man will be bitten even by a sheep.

He who loves you will insult you and he who hates you will flatter you.

Speak to a tyrant as little as possible or as pleasantly as possible.

I hate long lasting hopes.

The “I don’t know” will not put me in prison.

The grapes are sour.

One is no one, two is a company, three is a crowd, four is a fair.

The strength lies in the union.

The mother of a coward will not weep but will not rejoice either.

I would rather be eaten by a lion than by a fox.

The snake would change its skin but it would not change its mindset.

It is your [secure] position, not you, that insults me.

Fire, woman and sea, the mighty three.

[Zeus] is humbling the proud and exalting the humble.

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