Think Before You Boast
A man came back from a trip and boasted about his adventurous journeys. He bragged a lot to different people, about his amazing feats that got him fame and praise from people everywhere when He went to the Rhode Island where he had leaped to such distances that no man could ever match.
He even said that there were witnesses who would vouch for his words. Hearing the man boast so much, a smart bystander said, "Oh good fella, we do not need any witnesses to believe your words." "Imagine this place to be the Rhode Island and leap for us."
The lying traveler didn't know what to do and went away quietly; anyone does a thing well really does not need to boast. -Aesop's Fables
Think Before You Trick Others
A farmer looking for a source of water for his farm, so he bought a well from his neighbor. But the cunning neighbor refused to let the farmer take water from it, "I sold the well to you, not the water", and walked away. The distraught farmer didn't know what to do. So he went to Barney, a clever man and one of the nine courtiers of the emperor, for a solution.
The emperor called the farmer and his neighbor and asked them about the well. The cunning man repeats his rubbish nonsense, "I sold the well, not the water. So he cannot take my water".
To this, Barney replied, "All that sounds fine to me. But if you have sold well and the water is yours, then you have no business keeping your water in his well. Remove the water or use it all up immediately. If not the water will belong to the owner of the well".
Realizing that he's been tricked and learned his lesson, the cunning man apologized and left quietly.
The Camel Baby's Fair Question
One day, a camel was chatting with her baby. The baby asked, "Why do we have humps?" The mother replied, "Our humps are for storing water so that we can survive in the desert".
"Oh", said the little one, "And why do we have rounded feet?" "Because they are meant to help us walk comfortably in the desert. These legs help us move around in the sand."
"Alright. But why are our eyelashes for so long?" "To protect our eyes from the desert dust and sand. They are the protective covers for the eyes", replied the mother camel.
The baby camel thought for a while and said, "So we have humps to store water for desert journeys, rounded feet to keep us comfortable when we walk in the desert sand, and long eyelashes to protect us from sand and dust during a desert storm. Then what are we doing in a zoo?"
The mother was dumbfounded. That's right, one's strengths, skills, and knowledge are useless if one was not in the right place.
吹破牛皮的男子不知道該怎麼辦，就安靜地走了；任何做得很好的人，其實不需要自誇。 ── 伊索寓言
一位農民想為自己的農場找水源，於是他從鄰居那裡買了一口井。 但是狡猾的鄰居卻拒絕讓農民從中取水，他說：「我把井賣給你，而不是賣水給你。」然後走開了。 心煩意亂的的農民不知道該怎麼辦。 因此，他找聰明的人巴尼求助，他是皇帝的九位朝臣之一。