Aesop Fables

Aesop Fables bring back the ancient wisdom from the dark trenches which still holds true thousands of years later in this modern age too...

There are many legendary stories attached with these fables. As per one legendary tradition, Aesop was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who lived from 620 - 560 B.C. He is known to have written these Aesop fables or short stories with very deep meaning which provides good learning & wisdom to live a wholesome and successful as well as happy life.

The Aesop Fables tell the stories about greed insolence and deceit, and rebukes them in a very soul shaking way. He uses many characters in his Fables — a lion or a fox or a horse... and not even the tortoise is dumb — that through them children & adults may learn the business of life.

In order to enjoy Aesop Fables, some relaxation of the spirit is needed

  1. The Wolf and the Kid
  2. The Tortoise and the Ducks
  3. The Young Crab and His Mother
  4. The Frogs and the Ox
  5. The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox
  6. Belling the Cat
  7. The Eagle and the Jackdaw
  8. The Boy and the Filberts
  9. Hercules and the Wagoner
  10. The Kid and the Wolf
  11. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  12. The Fox and the Grapes
  13. The Bundle of Sticks
  14. The Wolf and the Crane
  15. The Ass and His Driver
  16. The Oxen and the Wheels
  17. The Lion and the Mouse
  18. The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
  19. The Gnat and the Bull
  20. The Plane Tree
  21. The Farmer and the Stork
  22. The Sheep and the Pig
  23. The Travelers and the Purse
  24. The Lion and the Ass
  25. The Frogs Who Wished for a King
  26. The Owl and the Grasshopper
  27. The Wolf and His Shadow
  28. The Oak and the Reeds
  29. The Rat and the Elephant
  30. The Boys and the Frogs
  31. The Crow and the Pitcher
  32. The Ants and the Grasshopper
  33. The Ass Carrying the Image
  34. A Raven and a Swan
  35. The Two Goats
  36. The Ass and the Load of Salt
  37. The Lion and the Gnat
  38. The Leap at Rhodes
  39. The Cock and the Jewel
  40. The Monkey and the Camel
  41. The Wild Boar and the Fox
  42. The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion
  43. The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat
  44. The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox
  45. The Wolf and the Lamb
  46. The Wolf and the Sheep
  47. The Hares and the Frogs
  48. The Fox and the Stork
  49. The Travelers and the Sea
  50. The Wolf and the Lion
  51. The Stag and His Reflection
  52. The Peacock
  53. The Mice and the Weasels
  54. The Wolf and the Lean Dog
  55. The Fox and the Lion
  56. The Lion and the Ass
  57. The Dog and His Master's Dinner
  58. The Vain Jackdaw and his Borrowed Feathers
  59. The Monkey and the Dolphin
  60. The Wolf and the Ass
  61. The Monkey and the Cat
  62. The Dogs and the Fox
  63. The Dogs and the Hides
  64. The Rabbit, the Weasel, and the Cat
  65. The Bear and the Bees
  66. The Fox and the Leopard
  67. The Heron
  68. The Cock and the Fox
  69. The Dog in the Manger
  70. The Wolf and the Goat
  71. The Ass and the Grasshoppers
  72. The Mule
  73. The Fox and the Goat
  74. The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse
  75. The Wolf and the Shepherd
  76. The Peacock and the Crane
  77. The Farmer and the Cranes
  78. The Farmer and His Sons
  79. The Two Pots
  80. The Goose and the Golden Egg
  81. The Fighting Bulls and the Frog
  82. The Mouse and the Weasel
  83. The Farmer and the Snake
  84. The Goatherd and the Wild Goats
  85. The Spendthrift and the Swallow
  86. The Cat and the Birds
  87. The Dog and the Oyster
  88. The Astrologer
  89. Three Bullocks and a Lion
  90. Mercury and the Woodman
  91. The Frog and the Mouse
  92. The Fox and the Crab
  93. The Serpent and the Eagle
  94. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  95. The Bull and the Goat
  96. The Eagle and the Beetle
  97. The Old Lion and the Fox
  98. The Man and the Lion
  99. The Ass and the Lap Dog
  100. The Milkmaid and Her Pail
  101. The Wolf and the Shepherd
  102. The Goatherd and the Goat
  103. The Miser
  104. The Wolf and the House Dog
  105. The Fox and the Hedgehog
  106. The Bat and the Weasels
  107. The Quack Toad
  108. The Fox Without a Tail
  109. The Mischievous Dog
  110. The Rose and the Butterfly
  111. The Cat and the Fox
  112. The Boy and the Nettles
  113. The Old Lion
  114. The Fox and the Pheasants
  115. Two Travelers and a Bear
  116. The Porcupine and the Snakes
  117. The Fox and the Monkey
  118. The Mother and the Wolf
  119. The Flies and the Honey
  120. The Eagle and the Kite
  121. The Stag, the Sheep, and the Wolf
  122. The Animals and the Plague
  123. The Shepherd and the Lion
  124. The Dog and His Reflection
  125. The Hare and the Tortoise
  126. The Bees and Wasps, and the Hornet
  127. The Lark and Her Young Ones
  128. The Cat and the Old Rat
  129. The Fox and the Crow
  130. The Ass and His Shadow
  131. The Miller, His Son, and the Ass
  132. The Ant and the Dove
  133. The Man and the Satyr
  134. The Wolf, the Kid, and the Goat
  135. The Swallow and the Crow
  136. Jupiter and the Monkey
  137. The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox
  138. The Lion's Share
  139. The Mole and his Mother
  140. The North Wind and the Sun
  141. The Hare and His Ears
  142. The Wolves and the Sheep
  143. The Fox and the Cock
  144. The Ass in the Lion's Skin
  145. The Fisherman and the Little Fish
  146. The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

Aesop Fables are now very well known in all age groups - from children to adults. It gives the same wisdom to all through very interesting story telling...

Read any of these Aesop Fables which are very short crisp stories and enjoy!

1 - The Wolf and the Kid

There was once a little Kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown-up Billy Goat and able to take care of himself. So one evening when the flock started home from the pasture and his mother called, the Kid paid no heed and kept right on nibbling the tender grass. A little later when he lifted his head, the flock was gone.

He was all alone. The sun was sinking. Long shadows came creeping over the ground. A chilly little wind came creeping with them making scary noises in the grass. The Kid shivered as he thought of the terrible Wolf. Then he started wildly over the field, bleating for his mother. But not half-way, near a clump of trees, there was the Wolf!

The Kid knew there was little hope for him.

"Please, Mr. Wolf," he said trembling, "I know you are going to eat me. But first please pipe me a tune, for I want to dance and be merry as long as I can."

The Wolf liked the idea of a little music before eating, so he struck up a merry tune and the Kid leaped and frisked gaily.

Meanwhile, the flock was moving slowly homeward. In the still evening air the Wolf's piping carried far. The Shepherd Dogs pricked up their ears. They recognized the song the Wolf sings before a feast, and in a moment they were racing back to the pasture. The Wolf's song ended suddenly, and as he ran, with the Dogs at his heels, he called himself a fool for turning piper to please a Kid, when he should have stuck to his butcher's trade.

Do not let anything turn you from your purpose

2 - The Tortoise and the Ducks

The Tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter punished him so, because he was such a lazy stay-at-home that he would not go to Jupiter's wedding, even when especially invited.

After many years, Tortoise began to wish he had gone to that wedding. When he saw how gaily the birds flew about and how the Hare and the Chipmunk and all the other animals ran nimbly by, always eager to see everything there was to be seen, the Tortoise felt very sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world too, and there he was with a house on his back and little short legs that could hardly drag him along.

One day he met a pair of Ducks and told them all his trouble.

"We can help you to see the world," said the Ducks. "Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry."

The Tortoise was very glad indeed. He seized the stick firmly with his teeth, the two Ducks took hold of it one at each end, and away they sailed up toward the clouds.

Just then a Crow flew by. He was very much astonished at the strange sight and cried:

"This must surely be the King of Tortoises!"

"Why certainly——" began the Tortoise.

But as he opened his mouth to say these foolish words he lost his hold on the stick, and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune

3 - The Young Crab and His Mother

"Why in the world do you walk sideways like that?" said a Mother Crab to her son. "You should always walk straight forward with your toes turned out."

"Show me how to walk, mother dear," answered the little Crab obediently, "I want to learn."

So the old Crab tried and tried to walk straight forward. But she could walk sideways only, like her son. And when she wanted to turn her toes out she tripped and fell on her nose.

Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example.

4 - The Frogs and the Ox

An Ox came down to a reedy pool to drink. As he splashed heavily into the water, he crushed a young Frog into the mud. The old Frog soon missed the little one and asked his brothers and sisters what had become of him.

"A great big monster," said one of them, "stepped on little brother with one of his huge feet!"

"Big, was he!" said the old Frog, puffing herself up. "Was he as big as this?"

"Oh, much bigger!" they cried.

The Frog puffed up still more.

"He could not have been bigger than this," she said. But the little Frogs all declared that the monster was much, much bigger and the old Frog kept puffing herself out more and more until, all at once, she burst.

Do not attempt the impossible

5 - The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox

A Dog and a Cock, who were the best of friends, wished very much to see something of the world. So they decided to leave the farmyard and to set out into the world along the road that led to the woods. The two comrades traveled along in the very best of spirits and without meeting any adventure to speak of.

At nightfall the Cock, looking for a place to roost, as was his custom, spied nearby a hollow tree that he thought would do very nicely for a night's lodging. The Dog could creep inside and the Cock would fly up on one of the branches. So said, so done, and both slept very comfortably.

With the first glimmer of dawn the Cock awoke. For the moment he forgot just where he was. He thought he was still in the farmyard where it had been his duty to arouse the household at daybreak. So standing on tip-toes he flapped his wings and crowed lustily. But instead of awakening the farmer, he awakened a Fox not far off in the wood. The Fox immediately had rosy visions of a very delicious breakfast. Hurrying to the tree where the Cock was roosting, he said very politely:

"A hearty welcome to our woods, honored sir. I cannot tell you how glad I am to see you here. I am quite sure we shall become the closest of friends."

"I feel highly flattered, kind sir," replied the Cock slyly. "If you will please go around to the door of my house at the foot of the tree, my porter will let you in."

The hungry but unsuspecting Fox, went around the tree as he was told, and in a twinkling the Dog had seized him.

Those who try to deceive may expect to be paid in their own coin

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