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The Sick Lion

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The Sick Lion

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A Lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by trickery. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known.

The animals expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them.

After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was.

“I am not so well,” replied the Lion, “but why do you stand without? Pray enter within to talk with me.”

“No, thank you,” said the Fox. “I notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning.”

Moral: He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.

There are currently 11 suggested morals for “The Sick Lion”

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  1. 1 On August 7th, 2011, gopher said:

    The wise one who reaches out to another keeps his eyes open and treads with caution.

  2. 2 On November 22nd, 2011, lisa said:

    observe and you shall receive good (or life in this case)

  3. 3 On January 26th, 2012, Nesher said:

    I am a physician.
    I am NEVER going into a patient’s room again.

  4. 4 On March 10th, 2012, Artemis said:

    Expect trickery from the lame.

  5. 5 On April 17th, 2013, ryan said:

    the wise is always one step ahead

  6. 6 On October 24th, 2013, Valery said:

    You should never trust a fake person

  7. 7 On January 7th, 2014, Anonymous said:

    Deception does not stay unnoticed for long

  8. 8 On August 20th, 2014, Obvious man said:

    Hunger is second nature, the first is remorse, everything else is just another ability to see through trickery.

  9. 9 On February 22nd, 2015, katie morris said:

    he who is smart learns from the mistakes of others.

  10. 10 On February 22nd, 2015, alosin raindun said:

    there are two morals. the lion’s is ‘if you want to git away with trickey, cover the evidence’ and the fox’s is ‘take notice of the things around you.’

  11. 11 On November 30th, 2021, . said:

    The wise one who reaches out to another keeps his eyes open and treads with caution.

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