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The Miser

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The Miser

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A MISER sold everything he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at every day.

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One of the miser’s workers observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to keep an eye on the miser. The worker soon discovered the hidden treasure, and digging down, came to the lump of gold, and stole it.

The next time the Miser visited his gold, he found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and sob loudly. A neighbor, seeing him overcome with grief and learning the cause, said,

“Pray do not grieve so… go and take a stone, place it in the hole, and pretend that the gold is still lying there. It will have the same effect; for when the gold was there, you didn’t really have it, as you did not make the slightest use of it.”

Moral: Use it or lose it

There are currently 11 suggested morals for “The Miser”

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  1. 1 On November 23rd, 2008, fablelover said:

    Use what you have quickly,or it might be gone.

  2. 2 On June 3rd, 2010, PRO HAX0R said:

    Hi thar i lou this story <333

  3. 3 On August 21st, 2011, Golgon said:

    he put the stone in the place of the gold and when hard times came and his business struggled he dug up the stone and realised that with gold in place of the stone the outcome would be very different.

  4. 4 On October 14th, 2011, Nick said:

    Instead of gold, put your money in rocks. For when times are lean, you have many heavy objects to bludgeon your neighbor with and take his gold.

  5. 5 On October 15th, 2011, Logic said:

    Live in the present, not the future – enjoy life and make the most of every day.

  6. 6 On March 10th, 2012, Artemis said:

    One man’s folly turned into another mans’s wealth.

  7. 7 On March 10th, 2012, Artemis said:

    There are no secrets as someone is always observing. So protect your purse.

  8. 8 On May 26th, 2015, Yena said:

    Invest wisely now, then get on with living…in the end the fruits on your labor will be abundant.

  9. 9 On October 19th, 2015, rose said:

    do not think too much for your future.spend some what you belong before someone stole it.

  10. 10 On December 7th, 2015, hut hut hut said:

    You should use what you have quickly.

  11. 11 On December 6th, 2016, Two Masters said:

    Anything that serves too long will serve the two masters, both in their own right

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