A fly bit the bare pate of a bald man, who in endeavouring to crush it gave himself a hard slap. Then said the fly jeeringly, "You wanted to revenge the sting of a tiny insect with death; what will you do to yourself, who have added insult to injury?"
Book V, fable 3, line 1.
Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.Phaedrus
He who covets what belongs to another deservedly loses his own.Phaedrus
That it is unwise to be heedless ourselves while we are giving advice to others, I will show in a few lines.Phaedrus
Whoever has even once become notorious by base fraud, even if he speaks the truth, gains no belief.Phaedrus
By this story [The Fox and the Raven] it is shown how much ingenuity avails, and how wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.Phaedrus
No one returns with good-will to the place which has done him a mischief.Phaedrus
It has been related that dogs drink at the river Nile running along, that they may not be seized by the crocodiles.Phaedrus
Every one is bound to bear patiently the results of his own example.Phaedrus
Come of it what may, as Sinon said.Phaedrus
Non semper ea sunt quae videntur.Phaedrus
A mountain was in labour, sending forth dreadful groans, and there was in the region the highest expectation. After all, it brought forth a mouse.Phaedrus
Once lost, Jupiter himself cannot bring back opportunity.Phaedrus
"I knew that before you were born." Let him who would instruct a wiser man consider this as said to himself.Phaedrus
Abiturus illuc priores abierunt,Quid mente cæca torques spiritum?Tibi dico, avare.Phaedrus