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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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    Why We Say What We Won’t Do (but Still Say It Anyway)

    Why We Say What We Won’t Do (but Still Say It Anyway)

    Every day we say a lot about what we want and will do.

    “I want to pet a cat.”

    “I want to buy a house for my parents.”

    “I don’t want to be single anymore.”

    “I will love you no matter what.”

    “I will work harder in the future.”

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      It’s easy to make plans for the future. And we make resolutions all the time. Consider that a full 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.[1] And that a vast majority of relationships (plus many marriages) end as well with break-ups or divorce. The best intentions and the best-laid plans generally speaking end in failure.

      No one intended to lie

      In general, people make these kinds of promises or resolutions with the best intentions. They don’t want to fail; if anything, they want desperately to be right, to improve themselves, and to make their friends and family happy. So even if a resolution doesn’t work out, when they utter them, it’s far from a lie.

        People often speak without thinking. They say what comes to mind, but without really thinking it through. And what usually comes to mind is wishful thinking – the ideal result, not what’s possible and practical. It’s tempting to fantasize about a beautiful and perfect future: a good romantic relationship, to have the approval and respect of your parents, and to have a successful career.

        But how to get what you want is not always clear to you in the moment you utter it. It’s hard to see beyond just the easy, idealized image. The challenges you may come across, the disappointments and sadness you may face – none of that is anywhere to be seen in a daydreaming mind.

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        Wishful thinking often end in crushing disappointment

        The problem is this. Wishful thinking and fantasies will only end in disappointment if you don’t follow through. You disappoint your friends, your family, your boss, and – most importantly – yourself. This can really take a toll on your own psyche and sense of self-worth.

              At a personal level, you’ll have so many unfulfilled dreams and goals. This is an incredibly common situation for people everywhere. As a teenager, you might have dreamed of what your life would be like as an adult: happily married and with a successful and high-earning career by the time you’re 25. But these are two seriously challenging goals that take planning and effort. Many people find themselves alone and in a dead-end job – rather than a career – wondering where they went wrong.

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                  On an interpersonal level, making empty promises is hurtful and damaging to relationships. Friendship and healthy family relationships are built on trust. People who want to be your friend take you at your word and expect you to follow through. If you tell your friends that you’ll “be there for them,” but never pick up the phone, they will be hurt and no longer want to hang out. The same is true for family or even professional relationships. You might find it tempting to tell your boss that you’ll finish a major project “by the end of the week,” without considering whether this is plausible. If you are unable to complete the task in the timeframe that you set, it’s not easy to regain your boss’s trust.

                  Keep what you want to yourself

                  It’s vital to be clear about what you want. Notice when people around you are prone to saying “I want ___” and “I don’t want ____.”

                  Kids are very prone to saying all their wants out loud, partly because they don’t have the independence and resources to get it themselves. This is why children and young people are often vague about what they want in the future. They have lots of wants without a concrete plan on how to get them.

                  This is one of the challenges of being an adult. As you gain the practical ability to provide for yourself, and as you learn from your mistakes, it’s more and more important to be clear about how you plan to get what you want.

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                    Practice visualizing plans to attain your goals. For example, you might want a pet – everyone shares pictures of their dogs and cats on Instagram! But before you go out to adopt one at the shelter, make sure you visualize all the things you have to do to take care of your pet. Pet-ownership involves: cleaning up after it, house-training it, taking it to the vet, walking it, buying it food, and making sure that it gets plenty of stimulation and exercise.

                    If you want or need a car, think about how much you need to save to purchase the car, the cleaning and maintenance costs, how to pay for regular car insurance, parking costs, et cetera.

                      If you really want something, don’t just say it. Plan for it and do it. Create conditions that make what you want inevitable. Do small things consistently and make it a habit. You’ll amaze yourself and your friends if you constantly work on attaining your goals. Read more about how to follow through your goals here: Why I Can Be the Only 8% of People Who Reach the Goal Every Single Time

                      It’s easy to make or break promises. Set yourself apart from others by being reliable, deliberate, and thoughtful. Match your intentions with planning and action, and you’ll find that you’re happier with yourself and that your relationships are enriched.

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