Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE, Delphi, Greece) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Top 12 Famous Aesop Quotes No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Don’t neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today. Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. Honesty is the best policy. A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth. After all is said and done, more is said than done. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. God helps them that help themselves. The level of our success is limited only by our imagination. Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities. 21 Inspirational Aesop Quotes on Gratitude and Kindness Gratitude turns what we have into enough. The grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything. Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Keep your place in life and your place will keep you. The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit. Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another's unhappiness. Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis. Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. Necessity is the mother of invention. The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales. Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten. United we stand; divided we fall. People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves. The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others. Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool. A person’s true nature will reveal itself despite disguise. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance. 28 Wise Aesop Quotes to Understand the Life in a Better Way (TRUTH) Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters. Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency. Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings. Once a wolf, always a wolf. Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most. 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. Those who suffer most cry out the least. Adversity tests the sincerity of friends. It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own. Persuasion is better than force. Vices are their own punishment. Little by little does the trick. Please all, and you will please none. A man is known by the company he keeps. We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified. Birds of a feather flock together. Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents. If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself. Better a long life of toil than a short one of ease. In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.