Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
227. THE SAILORS AND THE STONES
Perry 391 (pseudo-Dositheus,
While making a trip by sea, a certain well-to-do gentleman grew frustrated
with the bad weather. As the sailors were rowing less strenuously on account
of the weather, the man said to them, 'Hey you, if you don't make this
ship go any faster, I will pelt you with stones!' One of the sailors then
said to the man, 'I just wish we were somewhere where you could find stones
That is how life is: we must put up with less serious losses in order
to avoid worse ones.
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.