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The Flies and the Honey Pot

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The Flies and the Honey Pot

A number of Flies were attracted to a honey pot which had been overturned in a housekeeper’s room, and placing their feet in it, ate greedily.

Their feet, however, became so smeared with the honey that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and were suffocated.

Just as they were dying, they exclaimed, “Oh foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we have destroyed ourselves.”

Moral: Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.

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The Mountain in Labor

A Mountain was once greatly agitated. Loud groans and noises were heard, and crowds of people came from all parts to see what was the matter. While they were assembled in anxious expectation of some terrible calamity, out came a Mouse.

Moral: Don’t make much ado about nothing.

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The Tortoise and the Hare

A hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: “Even if you were as swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.”

The Hare, believing the Tortoise to be an easy match, agreed to the race. They agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal.

On the day of the race the two started together. The Hare raced off, leaving the Tortoise to choke on the dust left behind. The Tortoise never stopped for a moment, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course.

When the Hare was out of sight of the Tortoise, he lay down by the wayside and fell fast asleep. At last he woke up, and hopped as fast as he could to the finishing line. When he got there, he saw the Tortoise had reached the goal, and was comfortably dozing after her fatigue.

Moral: Slow but steady wins the race.

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The Mole and his Mother

A Mole, an animal blind from birth, once said to his Mother: “I am sure I can see, Mother!”

In her desire to prove to him his mistake, his Mother placed before him a few grains of frankincense, and asked him, “What is it?”

The young Mole said, “It is a pebble.”

His Mother exclaimed: “My son, I am afraid that you are not only blind, but you have lost your sense of smell. as well!”

Moral: If you are going to show off, at least get your facts straight.

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The Bat and the Weasels

A Bat fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel. The Bat pleaded with the Weasel to spare his life.

The Weasel refused, saying that he was the enemy of all birds. When he heard this, the Bat insisted that he was not a bird, but a mouse. The Weasel liked mice so he set the Bat free.

Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. This Weasel said that he especially hated mice. So the Bat insisted that he was not a mouse, but a bird, and so escaped for the second time.

Moral: Sometimes telling the truth in a different way can save your life.

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