Aesop's Phrases

Proverbs from Aesop's Fables, or Aesop's Fables from Proverbs

The Ass in a Lion's skin.
Lion's skin.
The Ass in the Lion's Skin.
The Fox and the Ass.
Wrangle for an ass's shadow. The Ass and His Shadow.
Bell the Cat. The Mice in Council.
The belly carries the legs and not the legs the belly. The Belly and the Members.
The Cat in the meal. The Weasel and the Mice.
The Cat and the Mice.
Count one's chickens before they are hatched. The Milk-Woman and Her Pail.
The Dog in the Manger. The Dog in the Manger .
The Dog barking at its own shadow on the water. The Dog and the Shadow.
Everyone is prejudiced by self-love.
Every child is beautiful in its mother’s eyes.
The Eagle and the Owl.
Jupiter and the Monkey.
The Fly on the wheel (or coach-wheel). The Fly and the Draught-Mule.
A Fly upon a wheel.
Add insult to injury. The Bald Man and the Fly.
The Fox and the grapes.
Sour Grapes
The Fox and the Grapes.
The Fox Knows many tricks but the hedgehog (or cat) one great one. The Fox and the Cat.
The Fox that has lost his tail. The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail.
The Frogs and Their King.
King log.
King stark.
The Frogs Asking for a King.
Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
The Golden Goose.
The Goose With the Golden Eggs
The Jay in borrowed plumes.
Borrowed plumes.
The Vain Jackdaw.
The Jay and the Peacock.
Who depicted the Lion? The Man and the Lion
The Lion and the Mouse. The Lion and the Mouse.
The Lion's share. The Wild Ass and the Lion.
The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass.
Look at his hands and not at his eyes. The Fowler and the birds.
Look before you leap. The Fox and the Goat.
Mountain in Labor. The Mountain in Labor.
Oaks may break when reeds stand the storm.
Better bend than break.
The Oak and the Reeds.
A Snake in one's bosom.
(warm, cherish, etc.)
The Farmer and the Snake.
The biter bit. The Viper and the File.
Bundle of Sticks. The Father and His Sons.
One Swallow does not make a summer. The Spendthrift and the Swallow.
The tortoise wins the race while the hare is sleeping. The Hare and the Tortoise.
Cry Wolf. The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf.
Put one's head into the Wolf's (or Fox's) mouth. The Wolf and the Crane.
The Wolf in Sheep's clothing
/ The Wolf in a Lamb's skin
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
What is most truly valuable is often underrated. The Stag at the Pool.
There is nothing like leather.
Every man for his own trade.
The Three Tradesmen.
That is Hackerton's cow. The Partial Judge.
Do not attempt too much at once. The Boy and the Filberts.
Pull a person's chestnuts out of the fire.
Take the chestnuts out of the fire with the cat's paw.
The Monkey and The Cat


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