Aesop's Fables

The Fowler and the Viper

A Fowler, taking his bird-lime and his twigs, went out to catch birds. Seeing a thrush sitting upon a tree, he wished to take it, and fitting his twigs to a proper length,
Aesop's Fables

The Fly and the Draught-Mule

A Fly sat on the axle-tree of a chariot, and addressing the Draught-Mule said, "How slow you are! Why do you not go faster? See if I do not prick your neck with my sting.
Aesop's Fables

The Brother and the Sister

A father had one son and one daughter, the former remarkable for his good looks, the latter for her extraordinary ugliness. While they were playing one day as children, they happened by chance to look together into a mirror that was placed on their mother's chair.
Ambrose Bierce

The Legislator and the Citizen

An ex-Legislator asked a Most Respectable Citizen for a letter to the Governor recommending him for appointment as Commissioner of Shrimps and Crabs. “Sir,” said the Most Respectable Citizen, austerely, “were you not once in the State Senate?”
Mirabai

સાધુ તે જનનો સંગ

સાધુ તે જનનો સંગ, બાઈ મારે ભાગ્યે મળ્યો છે. મોટા પુરુષનો સંગ, બાઈ મારે ભાગ્યે મળ્યો છે ! મોટા પુરુષના દર્શન કરતાં, ચડે છે ચોગમો રંગ ... બાઈ.
Aesop's Fables

The Two Men Who Were Enemies

Two Men, deadly enemies to each other, were sailing in the same vessel. Determined to keep as far apart as possible, the one seated himself in the stem, and the other in the prow of the ship.
Ambrose Bierce

The Citizen and the Snakes

A Public-Spirited Citizen who had failed miserably in trying to secure a National political convention for his city suffered acutely from dejection. While in that frame of mind he leaned thoughtlessly against a druggist’s show-window,