Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
527. JUPITER AND THE TWO SACKS
Perry 266 (Phaedrus
Jupiter has given us two sacks to carry. One sack, which is filled with
our own faults, is slung across our back, while the other sack, heavy
with the faults of others, is tied around our necks. This is the reason
why we are blind to our own bad habits but still quick to criticize others
for their mistakes.
Note: There is a similar saying in Seneca,
On Anger 2.28: 'other people's faults are directly in front of our
eyes, while our own faults are behind our backs.' In the Greek versions
of this fable (e.g., Chambry 303),
it is Prometheus, not Zeus, who fashions the sacks.
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.