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

Perry 387 (Syntipas 62)

A cicada saw that a man was trying to capture him, so he said, 'Why don't you go and hunt those birds instead? They would actually be useful to you! You don't stand to gain anything by catching me.'
This fable shows that we should not go chasing after things that are useless and unprofitable.

Note: In the Life of Aesop (99), Aesop tells a more elaborate version of this story in which the man does eventually let the insect go.

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.