The Æsop for Children with pictures by Milo Winter

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Index to the Morals

A change of habits will not alter nature.

A kindness is never wasted.

A knave’s hypocrisy is easily seen through.

A resemblance to the great in some things does not make us great.

A small gain is worth more than a large promise.

Act in haste and repent at leisure—and often in pain.

Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another’s unhappiness.

An act of kindness is well repaid.

An invitation prompted by selfishness is not to be accepted.

Be sure of your pedigree before you boast of it.

Behavior that is regarded as agreeable in one is very rude and impertinent in another.

Bluff and threatening words are of little value with rascals.

Bluff is no proof that hard fists are lacking.

Borrowed feathers do not make fine birds.

Common sense is always worth more than cunning.

Do not be too hard to suit or you may have to be content with the worst or with nothing at all.

Do not believe everything you hear.

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

Do not depend on the promises of those whose interest it is to deceive you.

Do not give your enemies the slightest reason to attack your reputation.

Do not let flattery throw you off your guard against an enemy.

Do not let your hopes carry you away from reality.

Do not let your vanity make you overestimate your powers.

Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.

Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example.

Do not trust alone to outward appearances.

Do not try to ape your betters.

Do not try to do impossible things.

Do not try to take the credit to yourself that is due to others.

Equals make the best friends.

Everything is fair in love.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Flattery is not a proof of true admiration.

Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail.

Give a finger and lose a hand.

Good will is worth nothing unless it is accompanied by good acts.

Greatness has its penalties.

Heaven helps those who help themselves.

However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.

In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.

In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance.

In unity is strength.

In unity is strength.

It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness.

It is cowardly to attack the defenseless, though he be an enemy.

It is very foolish to be greedy.

It is wicked to take advantage of another’s distress.

It is wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage.

Learn from my fate not to take pity on a scoundrel.

Learn from the misfortunes of others.

Look before you leap.

Might makes right.

Mother love is blind.

Notoriety is not fame.

One swallow does not make a summer.

Precious things are without value to those who cannot prize them.

Preparedness for war is the best guarantee of peace.

Pride goes before a fall.

Pride over a success should not throw us off our guard.

Self help is the best help.

Set your sails with the wind.

Take warning from the misfortunes of others.

Take what you can get when you can get it.

The deceitful have no friends.

The flatterer seeks some benefit at your expense.

The least of our enemies is often the most to be feared.

The loud-mouthed boaster does not impress nor frighten those who know him.

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

The trickster is easily tricked.

The tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny.

The unjust will not listen to the reasoning of the innocent.

The useful is of much more importance and value, than the ornamental.

The weak are made to suffer for the misdeeds of the powerful.

The wicked deserve no aid.

There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.

There is nothing worth so much as liberty.

There’s a time for work and a time for play.

They who will not listen to reason but stubbornly go their own way against the friendly advice of those who are wiser than they, are on the road to misfortune.

Those who seek to harm others often come to harm themselves through their own deceit.

Two sureties are better than one.

We are often not so eager for what we seek, after we have found it.

We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor.

We cannot expect any one to share our misfortunes unless we are willing to share our good fortune also.

We often make much of the ornamental and despise the useful.

When the great fall out, the weak must suffer for it.

Wicked deeds will not stay hid.

You are judged by the company you keep.

Your enemies will seize any excuse to attack you.


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