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Aesop

620 – 546 BCE

Hero of the oppressed and downtrodden

Known as a strikingly ugly slave who by his cleverness became free and an adviser to kings and city-states, some historians believe Aesop was a black from Ethiopia and became Uncle Remus in the Cherokee, Algonquin and American slave tradition of Br'er Rabbit. In many cultures he symbolizes a hero of the oppressed, disadvantaged and downtrodden who with wisdom and understanding outsmarts and wins over the rich and powerful. Famous throughout the world - from China to Africa, from Europe to Japan, from ancient times until today; Aesop’s fables and sayings remain a profound influence of goodness and insight.

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Quotes by Aesop (21 quotes)

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

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

Themes: Less is More

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“Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

Themes: Wealth

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“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

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“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.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

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“He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

Themes: Travel

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“If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Greed

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

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 67. Three Treasures

Themes: Kindness Conflict

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“The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 77. Stringing a Bow

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

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

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“Flattery's the food of fools and whoso likes such airy meat, will soon have nothing else to eat.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

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“Fools vainly think no sorrows like their own; but view the world and you will learn to bear misfortunes well, since all men have their share.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Suffering

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“An honest mediocrity is the happiest state a man can wish for.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Middle Way

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“Birds of a feather will flock together. Wise men will judge us by the company we keep.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Friendship

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“A common liar shall not be believed, even when he speaks true.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Lies

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“United we stand, divided we fall.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

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“Shun pleasure's tempting snare!”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

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“Saving a villain's life, you risk your own.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

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“How preferable to converse with the learned dead rather than the unedifying and noisy living!”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Books

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“Asked how he could endure such a solitary life, the philosopher answered, ‘I was in very good company until you came in.’”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

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“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”

from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Fear Peace

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“Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy, must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.”

Themes: Power Enemy

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