Highlights #3: Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

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Aesop’s Fables A New Revised Version From Original Sources (Aesop, John Tenniel, Harrison Weir and Ernest Henry Griset)

Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE.

Here are a few that stood out to me that I felt are great illustrations that you might apply to your life or use as an illustration in a sermon:

The Great and the Little Fishes

A Fisherman was drawing up a net which he had cast into the sea, full of all sorts of fish. A little fish escaped through the meshes of the net, and got back into the deep, but the great fish were all caught and hauled into the ship. Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.

The Hare and the Tortoise

A Hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise. The latter, laughing, said: “Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.” The Hare, deeming her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course, and fix the goal. On the day appointed for the race they started together. The Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course. The Hare, trusting to his native swiftness, cared little about the race, and lying down by the wayside, fell fast asleep. At last waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably dozing after her fatigue. Perseverance is surer than swiftness.

The Two Goats

Two Goats started at the same moment, from opposite ends, to cross a crude bridge that was only wide enough for one to cross at a time. Meeting at the middle of the bridge, neither would give way to the other. They locked horns and fought for the right of way, until they both fell into the torrent below and were drowned.

The Goose with the Golden Eggs

A certain man had the good fortune to possess a goose that laid him a golden egg every day. But dissatisfied with so slow an income, and thinking to seize the whole treasure at once, he killed the goose, and cutting her open, found her—just what any other goose would be! Much wants more, and loses all.

The Wild Boar and the Fox

A Wild Boar was whetting his tusks against a tree, when a Fox coming by, asked why he did so; “for,” said he, “I see no reason for it; there is neither hunter nor hound in sight, nor any other danger that I can see, at hand.” “True,” replied the Boar; “but when that danger does arise, I shall have something else to do than to sharpen my weapons.” It is too late to whet the sword when the trumpet sounds to draw it.

The Astronomer

An Astronomer used to walk out every night to gaze upon the stars. It happened one night that, with his whole thoughts rapt up in the skies, he fell into a well. One who heard his cries ran up to him, and said: “While you are trying to pry into the mysteries of heaven, you overlook the common objects under your feet.” We should never look so high as to miss seeing the things that are around us.