Aesop's Fables

The Fir-tree And The Bramblea

The Fir-tree And The BrambleaA Fir-tree was boasting to a Bramble, and said, somewhat contemptuously, "You poor creature, you are of no use whatever. Now, look at me: I am useful for all sorts of things, particularly when men build houses; they can't do without me then."
      
      But the Bramble replied, "Ah, that's all very well: but you wait till they come with axes and saws to cut you down, and then you'll wish you were a Bramble and not a Fir."

Moral: Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.


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