Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)
46. The Boy and the Filberts (Perry)
A BOY put his hand into a pitcher full of filberts. He grasped as many
as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull out his hand, he
was prevented from doing so by the neck of the pitcher. Unwilling to lose
his filberts, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears
and bitterly lamented his disappointment. A bystander said to him, 'Be
satisfied with half the quantity, and you will readily draw out your hand.'
Do not attempt too much at once.
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