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40 Aesop Quotes Which Are Highly Useful For Your Life

40 Aesop Quotes Which Are Highly Useful For Your Life

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    Aesop’s Fables are cherished on bookshelves everywhere. Though Aesop was the name of an author who was credited with supposedly contributing to writing the Fables, and ancient resources describe him as a haggard slave living in Ancient Greece, a collection of his writings have nevertheless survived to the present era and remain memorable and digestible staples of literature. Like a lot of children in primary school, I was introduced to Aesop.

    Unlike a lot of coming-of-age teenagers, I was introduced to Aesop once more during my teen years and renewed myself to admire the depth of each character after I became interested in reading more literature. This collection of quotations extracted from Aesop’s Fables will invite you to appreciate not just the writing in the Fables but to question the connection between Ancient Greek wisdom and knowledge and how it might influence the knowledge and wisdom you will teach in the future.

    1. It’s Always Worth It To Try Helping Yourself

    “God helps them that help themselves.”

    2. Vices Are A Form Of Self-Punishment

    “Vices are their own punishment.”

    3. Don’t Attempt Perfection; Settle With Good

     “Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.”

    4. Focus On Remaining Somewhere And You’ll Remain There

    “Keep your place in life and your place will keep you.”

    5. Learn The Art of Persuasion And Let Go Of Arguments

    “Persuasion is better than force.”

    6. Kindness is An Act Worth Sharing With Every One

    “No act of kindness, however small, is ever a wasted.”

    7.  Your Inner Self Is More Defined Than Outside Presentation

    “Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.”

    8. Persistence Can Be Kindled Despite Enduring Vicious Obstacles

    “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”

    9. It’s Okay To Pray, But You Have To Make It Happen

    “It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.”

    10. There Are Two Brilliant Sides To A Truth

    “Every truth has two sides. It is as well to look at both sides before we commit ourselves to either.”

    11.  Don’t Mistake Power For Not Needing Help

    “In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.”

    12. Wishing For Something Is Different Than Wanting Something

    “We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.”

    13.  Adventuring Is What Life’s About

    “Adventure is worthwhile.”

    14. Keep Good Company Close

    “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

    15. Keep Your Principles Closest To You

    “He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.”

    16.  Don’t Hold Grudges Just Because Something Is Missing

    “People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.”

    17.  Someone’s True Nature Will Prevail

    “A person’s true nature will reveal itself despite disguise.”

    18. Don’t Blame A Child Because Of Their Parent’s Behavior

    “Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.”

    19. You Don’t Have To Speak In Critical Times

    “Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.”

    20. You’re In Charge Of Your Fate

    “If we really want something done, it is best to do it ourselves.”

    21. Don’t Despise Without Giving It A Try

    “We often despise what is most useful to us.”

    22. There Is No Right Way To Argue

    “Most arguments are useless.”

    23.  The Golden Rule Applies To Humor, Too

    “Something which seems funny when it happens to someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us.”

    24. Two Of Your Friendships Are Still Incomparable To Each Other

    “Little friends may prove great friends.”

    25. Come Together With Like-Minded People

    “Birds of a feather flock together.”

    26. Start Wanting Tomorrow’s Wishes Today

    “Prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.”

    27.   Chewing Small Chunks Will Make You Feel Full Quicker

    “Little by little does the trick.”

    28.  Self-Help Is More Than The Books

    “Self-help is the best help.”

    29. Gratitude Is Uncontrollable

    “The grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude.”

    30. Heroes Are Skilled In Both Words And Action

    “The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.”

    31.  Difficulties Can Alter Judgement

    “Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.”

    32.  The Effects Of Causing Injuries And Suffering Aren’t Necessarily Related

    “The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.”

    33.  Do What Matters With All Your Might

    “Put your shoulder to the wheel.”

    34. Keep Calm And Don’t Under Estimate Small Moments Of Peace

    “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”

    35. It’s Better To Have A Passion Serve You Than Follow It

    “It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.”

    36. Speaking Will Benefit You Most At The Right Time

    “A word in season is most precious.”

    37.  Fighting Someone’s Danger Deserves Their Reward

    “He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.”

    38.  Speaking Isn’t Really A Substitute For Work

    “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”

    39.  Forgive But Don’t Forget

    “Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.”

    40. Don’t Lose Your Special Character In The Noise Of The World

    “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.”

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    Last Updated on October 14, 2020

    The Art of Humble Confidence

    The Art of Humble Confidence

    To be confident or not to be confident, that is the question. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been a bit confused about all this discussion about the subject of confidence. Do you really need to be more confident or should you try to be more humble? I think the answer is both – you just have to know where to use it.

    East VS West – Confidence, It’s a Cultural Thing

    In typical Western countries, the answer to the confidence debate is obvious – more is better. Our heros are rebellious, independent and shoot first, ask questions later. I think this snippet of dialog from The Matrix sums it up best:

    Agent Smith – “We’re willing to wipe the slate clean, give you a fresh start. All that we’re asking in return is your cooperation in bringing a known terrorist to justice.”
    Neo – “Yeah. Well, that sounds like a pretty good deal. But I think I may have a better one. How about, I give you the finger”
    [He does]
    Neo -“ …and you give me my phone call.”

    In Eastern countries, the tone is often considerably different. Elders are supposed to be revered not dismissed. The words ‘guru,’ meaning a teacher, and the philosophy of dharma, loosely translated to mean ‘duty,’ come from here. In Eastern cultures humility and respect are more important than confidence.

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    These perspectives are generalizations, but it shows how the confidence debate goes back deep into our culture. I think that both extremes of pure confidence or pure humility are misguided. Instead of rectifying this situation by simply blending the two: becoming somewhat humble, somewhat confident all the time, I believe the answer is to know when to be confident and when to be humble.

    Humble Confidence – Know When to Use It

    I’m going to make another broad generalization. I believe that virtually every relationship you are going to have is going to fit into one of two major archetypes, either master or student. In peer relationships this master/student role may switch frequently, but it is extremely rare that the relationship never leans to one side.

    In the master role, you are displaying confidence to get what you want. This is public speaker, leader or seducer. Being the master has advantages. You have more control and ability to influence from this role.

    The student role is the opposite. You are intentionally displaying humility. This is the student, disciple or follower. Being the student has advantages too. You can learn a lot more in this role and are more likely to win the trust of the other person.

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    Know When to Shut Up and Learn

    If you are a typical Westerner, you are probably already thinking about which role you prefer. Being the leader is great. You get respect and a higher status. Most of all you get a greater degree of control.

    But the problem is that you can’t and shouldn’t always try to be the leader. Trying to assume that role without the skills, resources or status to back it up will lead to conflict. More importantly, there are many times when you purposely want to display humility. Some of the benefits to the student role include:

    • You learn more.
    • Smooths relationships.
    • Makes others more willing to lend a helping hand.

    Knowing when taking the humble route is to your advantage. It is far easier to get mentors and advisors if you use humility rather than arrogance. A small sacrifice to your ego can open up the potential to learn a lot.

    Confidence to Persuade, Humility to Learn

    In reality almost no relationship is as clearly defined as master/student. Within our connections, people have overlapping areas of expertise. I might be an expert in blogging to a non-blogger, but they might be an expert in finance. In each area there are different roles to take.

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    Before any interaction ask yourself what the purpose is. Are you trying to learn or persuade?

    Persuasion requires confidence. If you are trying to sell, instruct or lead you need to display the confidence to match your message. But learning requires humility. You won’t learn anything if you are constantly arguing with your professors, mentors or employers. Taking a dose of humility and temporarily making yourself a student gives you the opportunity to absorb.

    Persuade Less, Learn More

    Persuasion is great for immediate effect, but learning matters over the long-haul. Instead of washing over all your communication with pure confidence, look for opportunities to learn. Persuading someone to follow you may give you an immediate boost of satisfaction, but it doesn’t last. Learning, however, is an investment for the future.

    Whenever I make a connection with someone and realize they have a skill or understanding I want, I am careful to express humility in that area. That means listening with what they say even if I don’t immediately agree and being patient with their response. This method often drastically cuts down the time I need to spend on trial and error to learn by myself.

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    Confidence/Humility Doesn’t Replace Communication Skills

    This approach of selectively using confidence and humility for different purposes doesn’t replace communication skills. Humility isn’t going to work if the other person thinks you’re an irritating whiner. Confidence won’t work if the entire room thinks you are an arrogant jerk. Knowing how to display these two qualities takes practice.

    The next time you are about to enter into an interaction ask yourself why you are doing it. Are you trying to persuade or learn? Depending on which you can take a completely different tact for far better results.

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