Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Eagle, The Jackdaw, and The Magpie

The Eagle, The Jackdaw, and The Magpie
By
Aesop

The kingly Eagle kept his court with all the formalities of sovereign state, which was duly attended by all his plumed subjects in their highest feathers. But these solemn assemblies were frequently disturbed by the impertinent conduct of two, who assumed the importance of highfliers, and these were no other than the Jackdaw and the Magpie, who were for ever contending for precedence which neither of them would give up to the other; and the contest ran so high that at length they mutually agreed to appeal to the sovereign Eagle for his decision in this momentous affair. The Eagle gravely answered that he did not wish to make any invidious distinction by deciding to the advantage of either party, but would give them a rule by which they might determine it between themselves; “for,” added he, “the greater fool of the two shall in future always take precedence, but which of you it may be yourselves must settle.”


((Only fools try to be self-important.))

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