Some facts about Aesop: he was around for Ancient Greece, so about 2,500 years ago; he may or may not have been a slave; he was a diplomat; being a diplomat got him tossed off a cliff, which is how he died.
The other thing you need to know about Aesop is that he spoke some stone cold truths. As with the truth, it’s not always easy to hear. That’s why sometimes we dress up the truth in fantastic tales, also known as fables. That’s what Aesop did. But I’ve boiled down these fables into ten concentrated doses of T-R-U-T-H.
1. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
2. If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
3. A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
4. Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
5. Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.
6. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
7. Those who suffer most cry out the least.
8. Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
9. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
10. It is easy to despise what you cannot get.