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A Raven and a Swan

A Raven and a Swan is a classic Aesop fable that delivers a moral lesson about acceptance and contentment. In this story, a raven, envious of the swan's elegant white feathers, assumes that the swan's beauty comes from spending time in the water. The raven then decides to spend all his time in the lake too, expecting to turn white. However, his plan fails, and he eventually starves to death. It imparts an important message to readers not to be jealous of others and to accept themselves as they are.

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A Raven, which you know is black as coal, was envious of the Swan, because her feathers were as white as the purest snow. The foolish bird got the idea that if he lived like the Swan, swimming and diving all day long and eating the weeds and plants that grow in the water, his feathers would turn white like the Swan's. So he left his home in the woods and fields and flew down to live on the lakes and in the marshes. But though he washed and washed all day long, almost drowning himself at it, his feathers remained as black as ever. And as the water weeds he ate did not agree with him, he got thinner and thinner, and at last he died. A change of habits will not alter nature.
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Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist, known for his collection of fables. His fables often featured animals as characters and conveyed moral lessons or wisdom through short narratives. Some of his most famous fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These timeless stories continue to be widely read and adapted to this day. more…

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