In a gale, a tree fell but reeds did not. It was observed that reeds can bend in the wind but trees can’t. Obscurity often brings safety.
Fences around a nursery broke. Nursery-man asked the trees to donate branches. They said no assuming a prison. Cattle came unimpeded and no more trees. Consider wise advice instead of ignoring it out of self-importance.
A Thrush, seeking food, stayed too long on a branch as was caught even when it knew better. Men feel worst when they contribute to their own undoing.
An Olive Tree bragged that it was better because it was green all year. When snow came it broke the Olive Tree branches but not the other trees. Too bad. Brag and nature may bring you down.
To the dismay of a Plane-Tree some men sitting under its shade talked badly about it. They got corrected. Some men underrate their best blessings.
A Peasant was cutting down an apple tree despite pleas from animals living in it. He stopped when he found a hive with honey. Tree now doing fine! Self-interest alone moves some men.
Don’t deceive yourself. A Fox sees a jackdaw waiting for food from a tree with early fruit on it. The Fox tells the daw it is waiting in vain. Don’t deceive yourself.
Each of the gods picked a tree for protection. Minerva, wisest, picked the olive tree on account of its fruit which can be put to good use. Do what is useful.
While living in the same tree, a cat decided to fool the eagle above and sow below. The cat told each the other would attack. Paralyzed with fear they died. Don’t let fear paralyze you.
The trees willingly give a woodsman a shaft for his axe. Ooops, too bad. Nothing bothers a man more than to see he has aided his own undoing.