Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. source
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants,...
Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well...
The gods help them that help themselves.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to...
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Plodding wins the race.
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit...
The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
Please all, and you will please none.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again...
The littlest thing can have the strongest connection when you're grieving. Your Proustian, poetic nerve is turned up to ten.