“Aesop’s Fables”—also called “the Aesopica”—are a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons credited to Aesop, a Greek slave and story-teller thought to have lived between 620 and 560 BCE. Aesop’s fables are some of the most well known in the world and have been translated in multiple languages and become popular in dozens of cultures through the course of five centuries. They have been told and retold in a variety of media, from oral tradition to written storybooks to stage, film and animated cartoon versions—even in architecture. (With read.gov/aesop)
A hare was making fun of a tortoise for being so slow upon his feet.
“Wait a bit,” said the tortoise. “I’ll run a race with you, and I’ll wager that I win.”
“Oh, well,” replied the hare, who was much amused at the idea, “let’s try and see.”
And it was soon agreed that the fox should set a course for them and be the judge. When the time came both started off together, but the hare was soon so far ahead that he thought he might as well have a rest. So down he lay and fell fast asleep. Meanwhile the tortoise kept plodding on, and in time reached the goal. At last the hare woke up with a start and dashed on at his fastest, but only to find that the tortoise had already won the race.
MORAL: “SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE”