Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
40. ZEUS AND THE OAK TREES
Perry 302 (Babrius
Once upon a time the oak trees came to Zeus and lodged a complaint, 'O
Zeus, founder of our species and father of all plant life, if it is our
destiny to be chopped down, why did you even cause us to grow?' Zeus smiled
and replied, 'It is you yourselves who supply the means of your destruction:
if you didn't create all the handles, no farmer would have an axe in his
Note: There is a similar Greek proverb: 'the ox supplies his own whip'
(Erasmus, Adages 1.2.77).
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.