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Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends
The bear and the two travelers

Necessity knows no law
The birdcatcher, the partridge, and the rooster

Evil tendencies are shown in early life
The blind man and the whelp

Be on guard against men who can strike from a distance
The bowman and lion

Do not attempt too much at once
The boy and the filberts

Whatever you do, do with all your might
The boy and the nettles

Use serves to overcome dread
The camel

Nature exceeds nurture
The cat and venus

Like will draw like
The charcoal-burner and the fuller

Example is more powerful than precept
The crab and its mother

Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness
The crab and the fox

Necessity is the mother of invention
The crow and the pitcher

It is easy to kick a man that is down
The dogs and the fox

Attempt not impossibilities
The dogs and the hides

A man is known by the company he keeps
The donkey and his purchaser

In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance
The donkey and his shadow

In a change of government the poor change nothing beyond the name of their master
The donkey and the old shepherd

They are not wise who give to themselves the credit due to others
The donkey carrying the image

False confidence often leads into danger
The donkey, the rooster, and the lion

The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful
The farmer and the snake

Happy is the man who learns from the misfortunes of others
The lion the fox and the donkey

Little liberties are great offenses
The lion the mouse and the fox

The value is in the worth - not in the number
The lioness

Those who seek to please everybody please nobody
The man and his two sweethearts

Straws show how the wind blows
The man and his wife

One story is good until another is told
The man and the lion

The more honor the more danger
The mice and the weasels

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame
The mischievous dog

A false tale often betrays itself
The monkey and the fox

The best intentions will not always ensure success
The monkeys and the mother

Harm hatch - harm catch
The mouse, the frog and the hawk

Persuasion is better than Force
The north wind and the sun

Stoop to conquer
The oak and the reeds

Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest to bear
The oak and the woodcutters

The memory of a good deed lives
The old woman and the wine jar

Those who suffer most cry out the least
The oxen and the axle trees

Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for another
The oxen and the butchers

Fine feathers do not make fine birds
The peacock and the crane

Self-interest alone moves some men
The peasant and the apple tree

Change of habit cannot alter Nature
The raven and the swan

Every man should be content to mind his own business
The seagull and the kite

Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities
The seaside travelers

Wolf! Wolf!
The shepherds boy and the wolf

There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth
The shepherds boy and the wolf

He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others
The sick lion

Evil companions bring more hurt than profit
The sick stag

What is most truly valuable is often underrated
The stag at the pool

Two blacks do not make one white
The stag, the wolf, and the sheep

Every tale is not to be believed
The thief and the innkeeper

The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions
The thieves and the rooster

Every man for himself
The three tradesmen

If men had all they wished - they would be often ruined
The tortoise and the eagle

Everyone is more or less master of his own fate
The traveler and fortune

Some men underrate their best blessings
The travelers and the plane tree

Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents
The two dogs

Do nothing without a regard to the consequences
The two frogs

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize
The two travelers and the axe

The least outlay is not always the greatest gain
The widow and the sheep

Might makes right
The wild donkey and the lion

Hypocritical speeches are easily seen through.
The wolf and the sheep

Harm seek - Harm find
The wolf in sheep's clothing

The dishonest - if they act honestly - get no credit
The wolf the fox and the ape

A willful man will have his way to his own hurt
Two frogs

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