Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
414. THE PIG, THE DONKEY AND THE BARLEY
Perry 526 (Phaedrus
There was a man who had vowed that he would sacrifice a pig in honour
of Hercules if the god agreed to rescue him from danger. When the man
fulfilled his vow and sacrificed the pig, he then ordered that the pig's
leftover barley be given to the donkey. The donkey, however, refused to
touch it. 'This is the kind of food that would normally arouse my appetite,'
said the horse, 'but not when it is the result of the previous diner having
had his throat cut!'
This fable taught me caution and I have avoided risky business ventures
ever since - but you say 'those who grab wealth get to keep it.' Just
remember how many of them are eventually caught and killed! Clearly, the
ones who have been punished constitute the larger crowd. A few people
may profit from reckless behaviour, but many more are ruined by it.
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.