Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
260. The Gnat and the Bull (Perry 137)
A GNAT settled on the horn of a Bull, and sat there a long time. Just
as he was about to fly off, he made a buzzing noise, and inquired of the
Bull if he would like him to go. The Bull replied, 'I did not know you
had come, and I shall not miss you when you go away.'
Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes than in the eyes
of their neighbors.
George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is
in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project
Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with
illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google