Philosophers / Thinkers

55 Aesop Quotes on Life and Gratitude (KINDNESS)

Top 10 Most Famous Aesop Quotes (AESOP FABLES)

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today.
Don’t neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today.
Betray a friend, and you'll often find you have ruined yourself.
Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
Honesty is the best policy.
Honesty is the best policy.
A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth.
A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
God helps them that help themselves.
God helps them that help themselves.

16 Inspirational Aesop Quotes on Kindness and Gratitude (GREEK FABULIST)

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
Keep your place in life and your place will keep you.
Keep your place in life and your place will keep you.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis.
Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.
The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
A person’s true nature will reveal itself despite disguise.
A person’s true nature will reveal itself despite disguise.

29 Wise Aesop Quotes About Life and Truth (WISDOM)

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
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.
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.
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
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.
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.
Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most.
Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most.
Those who suffer most cry out the least.
Those who suffer most cry out the least.
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Vices are their own punishment.
Vices are their own punishment.
Persuasion is better than force.
Persuasion is better than force.
United we stand; divided we fall.
United we stand; divided we fall.
Don't put off for tomorrow what you should do today.
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you should do today.
Little by little does the trick.
Little by little does the trick.
Please all, and you will please none.
Please all, and you will please none.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Birds of a feather flock together.
If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.
Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.
In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
Better a long life of toil than a short one of ease.
Better a long life of toil than a short one of ease.

Aesop (Greek Fabulist) Short Biography

Born in 620 BCE in Thrace, Aesop was a storyteller who was famous for the number of fables that he wrote.

Unfortunately, not much is known about Aesop’s life, most accounts of his life come from the writings of other authors and philosophers.

Aesop was once a slave but was eventually freed. It is believed that Plutarch, the famous philosopher, made Aesop the adviser to Croesus, the last king of Lydia.

Some historians believe that Aesop was not even his real name but was simply used to be able to identify an author for some fables.

A collection of fables has been ascribed to Aesop entitled Aesopica. In 1484, the first copy of Aesop’s fables for children was printed.

Throughout the years, Aesop’s fables have been used by teachers and parents to help teach moral lessons to children.

Many versions of these fables have been reprinted over the years and have been read by children all over the world throughout history. Fables such as The Tortoise and the Hare have been ingrained into society for generations. 

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