Friday Filosophy v.10.22.2021
Aesop 620–564 BCE was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.
Scattered details of Aesop’s life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states.
- No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
- We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
- Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
- After all is said and done, more is said than done.
- It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds
- The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
- We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
- The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction
- He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
- He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
- The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
- Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
The Time is Now.