|13. Fine Words Are Not Equal To Fine
Once a very good lion was king of all the animals in the
fields and the forests.
He was not angry or cruel or unfair, but only
kind and gentle.
During his reign he made a royal proclamation to all
He laid out rules for a Universal League of animals.
this League, the wolf would not harm the lamb, nor would the panther harm
The tiger would not hurt the deer, and the dog would not hurt
Everyone should live in perfect peace and friendship.
the hare saw this proclamation, she said, "Oh how I have waited for this
How wonderful it is that the weak will stand alongside the strong
After she said this, the hare ran away for her
| 14. Slow But Steady Wins The Race
One day a hare mocked the short feet and
slow walk of a tortoise.
The tortoise laughed and said, "you might be
as swift as the wind, but I will beat you in a race."
The hare thought
this was a crazy idea, so she immediately agreed to race.
the fox, chose the course and fixed the finishing line.
When the race
began, the tortoise began a slow, steady walk, and didn't stop for a
moment until the end.
The hare ran far ahead, but was sure she had lots
of extra time, so stopped for a rest.
It was a nice day, and the hare
fell asleep under a bush.
At last when the hare woke up, she raced
quickly to the end.
However, the tortoise had already finished.
hare lost the race in spite of her speed.
15. Don't Lose What You Have For Imaginary
A dog with some meat in his mouth was crossing a
He looked down and saw his reflection in the water.
foolish dog mistook his reflection for another dog with a much larger
piece of meat.
He immediately dropped his own meat and attacked the
Of course, the reflection was only in the water, and his
supper was washed away.
| 16. Never Expect Payment From The
A wolf had a bone stuck in his throat.
He promised a
crane a lot of money to put her head in his mouth and pull out the
When the crane had extracted the bone, she asked for
The wolf bared his teeth at the crane and growled, "Think
You were paid enough when I let you take your head from
my jaws without biting it off."
17. Don't Overlook What You Have,
What You Want
A mole said to his mother, "I am sure that I can see,
Now moles are blind from birth, but have a wonderful sense of
The mole's mother put a little bit of an expensive herb near the
"What is it?" she asked.
The young mole was too eager to
prove that he could see.
He said, "it is a stone."
"Oh dear," said
his mother, "I am afraid that you are not only blind, but have lost your
sense of smell."
18. The Gods Help Those Who Help Themselves
A farmer was driving his bullock wagon along a country road
when the wheels sank deep into some mud.
The farmer stood looking stupidly at the waggon.
He did nothing but call out to the god, Hercules, to come
and help him.
At last Hercules appeared, and spoke sternly to the
Hercules commanded, "put your shoulder to the wheel of the
Make your bullocks pull while you push.
Never pray to me for help until you have done everything to
help yourself first.
Otherwise, I will never come to help you again."