Friday, April 22, 2005

Aesop's Self-Help Book

We all use commonly used sayings in order to explain something, provide some words of caution or to just sound witty. Do you ever stop to wonder where these words of wisdom came from? More often than not, these proverbs or sayings come from the Bible or Shakespeare, but they also occasionally come from Aesop's Fables. Here's a sampling of the more famous Aesop sayings along with the fable that shows the principle in action.

"Do not count your chickens before they are hatched."

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant."

"We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction."

"One bad turn deserves another."

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

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