An example of a fable would be "The Ant and the Grasshopper," by the Greek fabulist Aesop. A fable is a short fictional story, often containing elements such as anthropomorphic animals, written for the benefit of a concluding maxim or moral.Continue Reading
In the above fable, the grasshopper seeks to distract the industrious ant from storing food for the coming winter. The ant is undeterred, and the grasshopper realizes, when winter sets in, that "it is best to prepare for the days of necessity."
It is generally agreed that Aesop lived from 620 BCE to 564 BCE; without any surviving records or writings from that era, though, his authorship of the over 600 fables credited to him are still a matter of scholarly debate.Learn more about Folklore
Aesop's first fables were told as stories in Greece as early as 620 B.C. and were written down and referenced by Greek authors by the fourth century. Fables that have been attributed to Aesop may have earlier origins from non-Greek sources.Full Answer >
Morals taught in "Aesop's Fables" include "Slow but steady wins the race," from the fable "The Hare and the Tortoise," and "Birds of a feather flock together," from "The Farmer and the Stork." Aesop's fables state the moral lesson at the end of the story, though in other fables the moral may be merely implied.Full Answer >
One example of a quote about kindness is "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted," by Aesop. Another example is "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love," by Saint Basil.Full Answer >
There are many popular fables, known as pabula, from the Philippines, and many of them deal with animal and plant protagonists. One well-known tale is called "Amomongo and Iput-Iput," which translates from Tagalog into "The Ape and the Firefly."Full Answer >