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Aesop’s The Fox and the Grapes

November 8, 2007 Leave a comment

One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came
to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a
lofty branch. “Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back
a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning
round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater
success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last
had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am
sure they are sour.”

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large
misfortunes.
—Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)