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Aesop's FablesThe Classic Treasury of Aesop's FablesAesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist and story teller 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. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs. Wikipedia

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

— Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.

— Aesop

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

— Aesop

It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.

— Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

— Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

— Aesop

Slow and steady wins the race.

— Aesop

The gods help them that help themselves.

— Aesop

Union gives strength.

— Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

— Aesop