Greek author of fables (circa 620-560 BC)

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A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.Rate it:
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.Rate it:
A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.Rate it:
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.Rate it:
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.Rate it:
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.Rate it:
Appearances often are deceiving.Rate it:
Be content with your lot one cannot be first in everything.Rate it:
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.Rate it:
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.Rate it:
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.Rate it:
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.Rate it:
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.Rate it:
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.Rate it:
Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.Rate it:
Example is the best precept.Rate it:
Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.Rate it:
Familiarity breed contempt.Rate it:
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.Rate it:
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.Rate it:
I am sure the grapes are sour.Rate it:
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.Rate it:
In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.Rate it:
It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.Rate it:
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.Rate it:
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.Rate it:
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.Rate it:
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.Rate it:
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.Rate it:
Little friends may prove great friends.Rate it:
Look before you leap.Rate it:
Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.Rate it:
Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.Rate it:
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.Rate it:
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.Rate it:
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted.Rate it:
Only cowards insult dying majesty.Rate it:
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.Rate it:
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.Rate it:
Outside show is a poor substitution for inner worth.Rate it:
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.Rate it:
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.Rate it:
Please all, and you will please none.Rate it:
Plodding wins the race.Rate it:
Put your shoulder to the wheel.Rate it:
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.Rate it:
Slow and steady wins the race.Rate it:
The gods help them that help themselves.Rate it:
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.Rate it:
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.Rate it:
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.Rate it:
There is always someone worse off than yourself.Rate it:
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find - nothing.Rate it:
Union gives strength.Rate it:
United we stand, divided we fall.Rate it:
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.Rate it:
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.Rate it:
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.Rate it:
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.Rate it:
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.Rate it:
What a splendid head, yet no brain.Rate it:
While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.Rate it:
You may share the labours of the great, but you may not share the spoil.Rate it:

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