Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
183. THE NORTH WIND AND THE SUN
Perry 46 (Syntipas
The Sun and the North Wind were quarrelling with each other as to which
of the two of them would be able to make a man disrobe. The North Wind
went first, blowing fiercely against the man. Yet as the man grew colder
and colder, he only wrapped himself up more snugly in his cloak, clutching
at it tightly so as to keep a firm grip no matter how hard the wind might
be blowing. Thus the North Wind did the man no harm at all and failed
to make him strip off his clothes. Next, the Sun began to shine upon the
man so brightly that the very air of the day grew hotter and hotter. The
man immediately took off his cloak and bundled it up on his shoulders.
The fable shows that to take a humble approach is always more effective
and practical than making empty boasts.
Note: This fable is also found in Plutarch, Advice on Marriage 12.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.