The Four Oxen and The Lion

Four oxen stood back to back against a lion. Mistake. The Lion picked each off one by one in turn. United we stand, divided we fall.


Androcles, a slave, heard a Lion in pain. He took a thorn from the Lion’s paw. Later Androcles found himself in the arena against a Lion. Same one. Lucky! Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

The Lion and The Shepherd

A Shepherd encountered an ailing Lion and took a thorn out of its paw. At a later encounter the Lion remembered the Shepherd and did not kill him. Return favors and favors will be bestowed on you.

The Viper and The File

It is useless attacking the insensible. A viper (or snake), in vain, attempts to bite a steel file. It is useless attacking the insensible.

The Lion, Jupiter, and The Elephant

A Lion bemoaned his state to Jupiter who refused to help. The Lion then saw an Elephant who was bothered by a Gnat. The Lion thought better of his state. There is always someone else worse off than you.

The Wolf and The Lion

The Wolf killed a sheep. While carrying it he met a Lion who took the sheep. Wolf complained about the theft but the Lion pointed out the hypocrisy in that. The strong prevail.

The Fox and The Lion

A Fox reviled a Lion in a cage. The Lion made it clear that it was chance that brought him there and not the Fox. Chance sometimes rules.

The Wolf and The Lion

A Wolf thought himself special because his shadow got longer as the sun set. As the Wolf watched his shadow a Lion pounced on him. Too self absorbed! Overestimating yourself can lead to destruction.

The Lion, Wolf, and Fox

Animals, one by one, told an aging lion the things they had done for him. The Fox, last, told the best story. The first liar doesn’t stand a chance.

The Dogs and The Fox

Fox found Dogs tearing apart a lion skin. Fox told the Dogs they would have a problem if the Lion were still in the skin. It is easy to kick a man that is down.