Quotes by Aesop


A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
– Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
– Aesop
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
– Aesop
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.
– Aesop
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
– Aesop
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
– Aesop
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
– Aesop
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
– Aesop
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
– Aesop
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
– Aesop
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
– Aesop
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.
– Aesop
Example is the best precept.
– Aesop
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
– Aesop
If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
– Aesop
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
– Aesop
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
– Aesop
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
– Aesop
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
– Aesop
Plodding wins the race.
– Aesop