[Read more…] about The Honest Horse
People were heaping false praise on Caligula on a horse. The horse threw him and was raised to high position because of being the only honest one.
The honest man carries preference in esteem.
[Read more…] about Honour, Prudence, and Pleasure
Honor, Prudence and Pleasure took up together. Pleasure ruined the arrangement and was turned out except for holidays and other events.
Luxury is to property, what a plague is to health.
[Read more…] about The Parrot
A Parrot from the Indies was made a favorite. Asked why he was treated well, he said that at home he was common; here he was a rarity.
The rare may be common and the common may be rare.
[Read more…] about The Mountebank and His Dog
A Mountebank traveled the country showing his Dog doing tricks. Epictetus praised these actions as it showed the excellence of learning.
Good education is of infinite importance.
[Read more…] about The Eagle and The Sycophant-Bird
Eagle attended a concert of birds and screeched in reply. All clapped except a Sycophant who issued false praise the Eagle accepted and others appreciated.
The highest art of flattery conveys praise in an indirect manner.
[Read more…] about The Angler
An Angler played a fish nibbling at bait but missed setting the hook. By accident he hooked a larger fish. Lucky Angler.
Sometimes you don’t get what you want but are given a larger portion.