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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 284 (Aphthonius 34)

A story about a lion and a man, urging us to be honest and to refrain from boasting.
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 187 (following).

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.