Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
264. THE FOX, THE MOON AND THE RIVER
Perry 669 (Romulus
A fox was out walking one night next to a river. She saw the light of
the moon reflected in the water and mistook it for a piece of cheese.
The fox started to lap at the water, thinking that if she could drink
up all the water, she would find the cheese in the dry riverbed. The fox
lapped and lapped at the water until finally she choked and died.
So every greedy man goes chasing after profit with such an intensity
that he destroys himself without achieving anything.
Note: For the motif of 'drinking the river,' see Fable
442. Compare the English proverbial fool: 'hee thinkes the Moone
is made of greene cheese' (Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, c.
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.