Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
186. THE LION AND THE MAN DISPUTING
Perry 284 (Aphthonius
A story about a lion and a man, urging us to be honest and to refrain
A man and a lion were arguing. The man proclaimed the superiority of the
human race, while the lion argued on behalf of his own kind. As they were
contending with one another as to who was superior, the man produced as
evidence the statue of a lion being defeated by a man. The lion retorted,
'And if there were also sculptors among us lions, you would see more people
being conquered by lions than lions by people!'
One who deals with others honestly will win the victory.
Note: For a more elaborate version of this same story, see Fable
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.