Aesop’s Fables Archive

The True Friends

Once, two Friends lived in a city. They loved each other and shared their joys and sorrows. Their friendship was praised by everyone who knew them, “Look at them! What faithful friends!” One night, one of the Friends was fast asleep in his …

The Bear and the Gardener

Once upon a time, there was a mountain Bear who lived in a cave in the forest. The forest had no other bears, so this Bear was all alone. The Bear got used his lonely life. But he would sometimes miss having company. …

The Mouse and the Oyster

There was once a Mouse that lived on a farm. He always had enough to eat and lots of room to run around. Life was easy. However, the Mouse was bored. Every day, he would sit by the fence to take a peek …

The Man and the Snake

Once, a Man found a Snake coiled on the ground. He became scared and was about to kill it. Just then, the Snake cried out, “If you wish to kill me, you may, but before that please listen to how ungrateful man has been!” …

The Hermit and the Bear

There was an old Hermit who lived in the forest. One day, a Bear came to him and said, “Hermit, please pull the thorn out from my paw! I am in much pain!” The kind Hermit readily agreed and pulled out the thorn from the Bear’s …

The Hawk and the Nightingale

A hungry Hawk had spent his entire day searching for food but had found nothing. In the evening, just before he was about to go home, he saw a Nightingale sitting on the branch of a tree. He thought, ‘Finally, I will not …

The Gnat and the Bee

One cold morning, a Gnat flew all over in search of food. The Gnat had spent the entire spring singing and dancing in the fields. He had not collected any food for the cold winter season. The Gnat was cold and starving. Flying, …

The Fox in the Well

On a rainy day, an unlucky Fox slipped into a well. The Fox was able to keep his head above the water, with much difficulty. He placed his claws on the wall of the well for support but kept slipping back again and …

The Fox and the Ass

One morning, a Fox was crossing a farmyard. The Farmer had laid a trap for the Fox in which he got caught. An Ass was watching the Fox struggling to free himself from the trap. The Ass knew that since the Fox was …

The Eclipse

One day, the Moon was under the eclipse of the Sun. There was darkness all over the Moon and she was not able to glow in the light of the Sun. Many hours passed but the darkness stayed. The Moon did not like …