The Wolf & The Lamb

Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify his right to eat him. So he addressed him: “Sir, last year you grossly insulted me.”

“Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.”

Then said the wolf, “You feed in my pasture.”

“No, good sir.” replied the Lamb “I have not yet tasted grass.”

Again said the Wolf, “You drink from my well.”

“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as of yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.”

Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying. “Well! I won’t remain starved, even though you refute every one of my accusations.”

The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

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Epictetus: He is Free

He is free who lives as he wishes to live, to whom none can do violence, none hinder or compel; whose impulses are unimpeded, whose desires attain their purpose, who falls not into what he would avoid. Who then would live in error? – None. Who would live deceived and prone to fall, unjust, intemperate, in abject whining at his lot? – None. Then does no wicked man live as he would, and therefore neither is he free.

Επίκτητος – Enchiridion

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The Wolf & The Crane

A Wolf who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When the crane had extracted the bone and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: “Why, you have surely already had a sufficient compensation, in having been permitted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a Wolf.”

In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.

Aesop’s Fables – μύθους του Αισώπου

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The Donkey & The Grasshoppers

A Donkey having heard some Grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted; and, desiring to possess the same charms of melody, demanded what sort of food they lived on to give them such beautiful voices. They replied, “The dew.” The Donkey resolved that he would live only upon dew, and in a short time died of hunger.

Aesop’s Fables – μύθους του Αισώπου

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Epictetus: Trio

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Deliberate much before saying or doing anything, for you will not have the power of recalling what has been said or done.

Επίκτητος – Enchiridion/Fragments

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