THE ROSE AND THE AMARANTH
An amaranth plant, whose flower never fades, had sprung up next to a rosebush.
The amaranth said, 'What a delightful flower you are! You are desired by the
gods and mortals alike. I congratulate you on your beauty and your fragrance.'
The rose said, 'O amaranth, everlasting flower, I live for only a brief time
and even if no one plucks me, I die, while you are able to blossom and bloom
with eternal youth!'
This fable shows that it is better to last for a long time while being contented
with little than to live sumptuously for a short time and then suffer a reversal
of fortune, perhaps even death.