Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
93. THE TRAVELLERS AND THE AXE
Perry 67 (Chambry
Two men were walking down the same road together when one of them found
an axe. 'Eureka!' he cried, 'I found it!' The one who didn't find the
axe said to him, 'Don't say "I found it" -- say "we found
it" instead.' A little while later the people who had lost the axe
caught up with them, and when they started to chase the man who was holding
the axe, he said to his fellow traveller, 'We are lost!' The fellow traveller
answered, 'Incorrect! You should say "I am lost," not "we
are lost," since when you found the axe and you said "I"
found it, not "we" found it.'
The story shows that if people are not allowed to share in your good
fortune, they will not stand by you in times of trouble.
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.