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Astronomer
It is no use fixing our minds on higher things if we ignore what is going on around us.
Ass, the Fox, and the Lion
Traitors must expect treachery.
Ass and the  Grasshopper
One person's meat is another's poison.
Bald Huntsman
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Bee-Keeper and the Bees 
Things are not always what they seem.
Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat
People are expected to be loyal and stick by their friends.
OR
Those who practice deceit must expect to be shunned.
Boasting Traveler
Deeds speak louder than words.
Boy and the Wolf
A fair-minded man tries to see both sides of an argument.
Boy Bathing
We need to be helped, not scolded, when we are in trouble.
Boy and the Hazelnuts
Do not attempt too much at one time.
Bull and the Bullfrog
Stretch your arm no farther than your sleeve will reach.
Caged Bird and the Bat
It pays to think before we act.
Cat and the Bell
(Mice in Council)
It is no use having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice.
OR
It is easy to think of impossible solutions.
Crab and His Mother
We should not criticize people for what is not their fault.
Crow and the Water Jug
Necessity is the mother of invention.
OR
With a little planning you can gain what at first seems impossible
Water jug
Dog and His Reflection
Be content with what you have.
Donkey and His Shadow
Most arguments are useless.
Eagle and the Beetle
Great determination can overcome most odds.
Fisherman and the Sprat
A fish in the hand is worth two in the sea.
Fortune Teller
We should make sure that our own house is in order before we give advice to others.
Fox and the Crow
Beware of flattery, it may not be meant. 
                                       OR 
Never trust a flatterer.
Fox and the Mask
Handsome looks are of little worth without sense. 
Fox and the Stork
Something which seems funny when it happens to someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us.
Fox and the Grapes
Sometimes when we cannot get what we want, we pretend that we did not want it at all really.
OR
It's easy to speak badly of things you can't have.
Fox and the Bramble
We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.
Frogs who Desired a King
When you desire to change your condition, make sure that you can really improve it.
Gnat and the Bull
GnatWe often seem more important to ourselves than we do to others.
OR
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
Goat herd and the Goat
It is no use trying to hide what cannot be hidden.
Goose Who laid the Golden Eggs
Greed destroys the source of good. 
Grasshopper and the Ants
We should always make plans for the future.
Greedy Fox
We should think before we act.
Hare and the Tortoise
Slow and steady can win the race.
Hercules and the Wagoner
Heaven helps those who help themselves.
Horse and His Rider
We should all make sure that we know who is in charge.
Hound and the Lion
We should find out as much as possible about someone before coming into conflict with him.
Hound and the Hare
We like other people to show themselves to us as they really are.
Hunter and the Woodman
People are not always as brave as they say they are.
Jupiter and the Tortoise
We had better be careful what we say in case people take us at our word.
Jupiter and the Monkey
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Lamp
Pride comes before a fall.
Lark and the Farmer
If we really want something done, it is best to do it ourselves.
Lion and the MouseLion & Mouse
Sometimes the weak are able to help the strong.
OR
Little friends may become great friends.
Man and His Sons
United we stand, divided we fall.
Man and the Satyr
People like us to remain constant and do the same things all the time.
Mercury and the Woodman
Honesty is the best policy.
Mice and the Weasels
Vanity is foolishness.
Mice in Council
(Cat and the Bell)
It is no use having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice.
OR
It is easy to think of impossible solutions.

Cat & bell

Monkey and the Camel
Be yourself.
Moon and Her Mother
Someone who is always changing cannot expect others to regard him as one particular thing.
Mouse and the Bull
Size and strength is not always enough.
North Wind and the Sun
It is sometime possible to gain by persuasion what cannot be gained by force.
Oak and the Reeds
Sometimes in order to survive it is better to give way.
Ox and the Frog
There are some things which it is better not to know.
Oxen and the Wagon
They complain most who suffer least.
Peacock and the Crane
We may lose in one way but gain in another.
Pig and the Sheep
We should not make up our minds until we know the truth.
Piping Fisherman
In order to succeed we have to work, not play.
Quack Frog
Physician heal yourself.
Soldier and His Horse
We must treat people properly if we expect their help.
Spendthrift and the Swallow
One swallow does not make a summer.
Stag at the Pool
(Stag and his Antlers)
What is worth most is often valued least.
OR
Beauty is not as important as usefulness.
Stag
Swan and the Crow
We may change our habits, but we cannot change our nature.
Tortoise and the Hare
Slow and steady wins the race.
 Town (City) Mouse and the 
Country Mouse
Our own home always seems the best for us.
OR 
To each his own.
Traveler and His Dog
We tend to blame others for our own mistakes.
Travelers and the Plane Tree
We are not always grateful for help when it is offered.
Trees and the Axe
Unity is strength.
Two Pots
Equals make the best friends.
Wild Boar and the Fox
Be prepared.
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Sometimes we can be too clever for our own good.
Wolf and the Horse
There is no virtue in giving someone something we do not want ourselves.
Wolf and the Goat
Look before you leap.

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