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Aesop, by Diego Velázquez.

Aesop (Greek Αἴσωπος — Aisōpos) is well known for the group of stories called "Aesop's Fables", which are stories for children. No one knows if Aesop was a real man or if Aesop was only a legend. Even though he might not be real, he gets credit for these quotes.

Sourced quotes

  • "Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties."[1]
Simple: Never follow the suggestions of a man who is having difficulties.
  • "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."[2]    
Simple: We kill the people who steal small things. The ones who steal big things we elect to be our leaders.
  • "The gods help them that help themselves."[1]
Simple: The gods help people if the people help themselves.
  • "Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything."[1]
Simple: Be happy with what you have. One cannot be first in every way.
  • "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched."[1]
Simple: Do not do anything you are not sure of until it actually happens.


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