75 Aesop Quotes on Life from Aesop’s Fables

Aesop is thought to be a fictional author of Greek fables.

Many attempts were made to prove he was real with some saying he was a 6th-century BCE slave and others claiming he was an advisor to a king.

There are also stories of him being from different places like Thrace or Ethiopia.

Aesop likely wasn’t a real person but a name created for someone who wrote fables.

Aesop Quotes

The first collection of his fables was made in the 4th century BCE by Demetrius, Phalareus and later Phaedrus and Jean de La Fontaine were influenced by these stories.

Here are some of the best quotes by Aesop.

Best Aesop Quotes


A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth. ~ Aesop.


The more you want, the more you stand to lose. ~ Aesop.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop.

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing. ~ Aesop.


If you don’t want to lose, you should wait for the right opportunity. ~ Aesop.

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety. ~ Aesop.

Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth! ~ Aesop.

I can’t be friends with a man who blows hot and cold with the same breath. ~ Aesop.


It is easy to be brave at a safe distance. ~ Aesop.

Vices are their own punishment. ~ Aesop.

Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hidden. ~ Aesop.


Little by little does the trick. ~ Aesop.

Facts speak plainer than words. ~ Aesop.


Self-help is the best help. ~ Aesop.

Servants don’t know a good master till they have served a worse one. ~ Aesop.

Famous Aesop Quotes


Persuasion is often more effectual than force. ~ Aesop.


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. ~ Aesop.

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten. ~ Aesop.


He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own. ~ Aesop.

Whoever neglects old friends for the sake of new deserves what e gets if he loses both. ~ Aesop.

The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit. ~ Aesop.

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing. ~ Aesop.


Adventure is worthwhile. ~ Aesop.

We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance. ~ Aesop.

Popular Aesop Quotes

Familiarity breeds contempt. ~ Aesop.

Those who enter through the back door can expect to be shown out through the window. ~ Aesop.


Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most. ~ Aesop.

It is one thing to conceive a good plan, and another to execute it. ~ Aesop.

Please all, and you will please none. ~ Aesop.

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. ~ Aesop.


After all is said and done, more is said than done. ~ Aesop.

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. ~ Aesop.

A man is known by the company he keeps. ~ Aesop.

Top Aesop Quotes

Try as one may, it is impossible to deny one’s nature. ~ Aesop.

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~ Aesop.


Keep your place in life and your place will keep you. ~ Aesop.

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. ~ Aesop.

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friendship. ~ Aesop.

No argument, no matter how convincing, will give courage to a coward. ~ Aesop.

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction. ~ Aesop.


Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. ~ Aesop.

Expect no reward when you serve the wicked, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pain. ~ Aesop.

Inspiring Aesop Quotes

Example is the best precept. ~ Aesop.

Once a wolf, always a wolf. ~ Aesop.

Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself. ~ Aesop.


Necessity is the mother of invention. ~ Aesop.

Uninvited guests are often most welcome when they leave. ~ Aesop.

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. ~ Aesop.

If you are wise you won’t be deceived by the innocent airs of those whom you have once found to be dangerous. ~ Aesop.

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another. ~ Aesop.


Sometimes the slow ones blame the active for the delay. ~ Aesop.

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear. ~ Aesop.

Wise Aesop Quotes

Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. ~ Aesop.

It is easy to despise what you cannot get. ~ Aesop.


Self-conceit may lead to self destruction. ~ Aesop.

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame. ~ Aesop.

Put your shoulder to the wheel. ~ Aesop.

Be content with your lot; once cannot be first in everything. ~ Aesop.


In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest. ~ Aesop.

It is absurd to ape our betters. ~ Aesop.

United we stand; divided we fall. ~ Aesop.

Plodding wins the race. ~ Aesop.


The gods help them that help themselves. ~ Aesop.

Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool. ~ Aesop., Aesop’s Fables

Inspirational Aesop Quotes

The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales. ~ Aesop.

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~ Aesop.


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~ Aesop.

There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues. ~ Aesop.


It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. ~ Aesop.

It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters. ~ Aesop.

Adversity tests the sincerity of friends. ~ Aesop.

No one believes a liar even when he tells the truth. ~ Aesop.

I am sure the grapes are sour. ~ Aesop.


Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. ~ Aesop.

It is thrifty to prepare today for wants of tomorrow. ~ Aesop.

So these were the 75 quotes by Aesop.

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