Aesop’s Fables Archive

A Trader and his Luck

There was a Trader who carried goods, to and from far off places. Luck smiled on him and he grew rich. Whatever he touched turned into gold. His ships reached their destinations without any shipwreck. His partners, agents and vendors proved faithful. His …

The Wishes

Once upon a time, there was a good Spirit who worked selflessly for his master and mistress. With time, he got very attached to them. He loved them so much that he decided to stay with them much longer. Jealous of him, the …

The Maid

Once, there lived a beautiful and proud lady. One day, she thought of finding a husband for herself. She thought, ‘The man who wants to marry me should be young, polite, calm and supportive. He must also have rank, wealth and wit to …

The Heron

One day, a beautiful Heron was walking by the side of the river. He had a long slender neck, which held his long sharp beak as a weapon to pierce through the fish. The river was full of a variety of fish like …

The Mouse that Retired from the World

Once, there was a Mouse who had many problems in his life. He left his native place and went to live in Holland. There, he got plenty to eat. He worked hard and built a house for himself. He also stored a lot …

The Two Goats

Long ago, there lived two Goats. One had curly ┬áhorns. The other had straight horns. They looked for fresh grass, which shepherds had not used for their sheep. The Goats were never afraid to cross high mountains or streams. One day, the Goats …

A Lion, a Mouse and a Cat

Once upon a time, there lived a mighty Lion in a cave on top of a mountain. Whenever he went to sleep, a Mouse used to come out of his hole and nibble at his mane. As soon as the Lion woke up, …

A Crow, a Deer and a Jackal

Once upon a time, there lived two friends in a forest, a Deer and a Crow. One day, a Jackal saw the Deer and wanted to trick him. “I live alone and have no friends. May I be your friend?” asked the Jackal. …

The Couple and Goddess Discord

Once, a Farmer lived with his Wife in a village. They loved each other and never fought. One day, God threw out Goddess Discord from Heaven. The Goddess, whose name meant argument and quarrel, caused everybody in Heaven to fight and argue. God …

The Man who fooled the King

Once, a Man lived in a country. One day, he went to the King’s palace. He said, “I can train animals to speak wisely like men.” The King was very surprised and asked, “Can you train my Horse to speak like human beings?” …