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Aesop quotes (33)

We often give enemies the means of our own destruction.
Aesop   Category: Destiny

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard if we do not strive as well as pray.
Aesop   Category: Praise

Slow and steady wins the race.
Aesop   Category: Cause

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Aesop   Category: Illusions

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Aesop   Category: Misfortunes

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Aesop   Category: Work

Distrust interested advice.
Aesop   Category: Advice

You may share the labours of the great but you will not share the spoil.
Aesop   Category: Gravity

I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
Aesop   Category: Debt

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Aesop   Category: Excuse

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop   Category: Thief

Enemies promises were made to be broken.
Aesop   Category: Promise

Familiarity breeds contempt.
Aesop   Category: Contempt

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Aesop   Category: Bravado

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Aesop   Category: Pretend

Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.
Aesop   Category: Power

Wealth unused might as well not exist.
Aesop   Category: Wealth

In union there is strength. Union gives strength is the version in The Fables of Aesop ed. Joseph Jacobs p. 87 (1964).
Aesop   Category: Union

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
Aesop   Category: Alone

Much outcry little outcome.
Aesop   Category: Conceit

The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
Aesop   Category: Endure

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Aesop   Category: Diet

Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
Aesop   Category: Prudent

Please all and you will please none.
Aesop   Category: Compromise

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
Aesop   Category: Content

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.
Aesop   Category: Kindness

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Aesop   Category: Gratitude

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Aesop   Category: Clothes

Better to die once and for all than live in continual terror.
Aesop   Category: Unsorted

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
Aesop   Category: Injury

The gods help them that help themselves.
Aesop   Category: God

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
Aesop   Category: Dogma

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
Aesop   Category: Argument