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The Fox and the Hedgehog

The Fox and the Hedgehog is a short fable by Aesop that features a fox, who is known for his cunning, and a hedgehog, known for his simplicity. The fox uses various strategies to attempt to catch the hedgehog. However, no matter what the fox tries, the hedgehog always manages to thwart his plans. This fable illustrates the idea that being simple and focused can often outweigh being clever and cunning.


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A Fox, swimming across a river, was barely able to reach the bank, where he lay bruised and exhausted from his struggle with the swift current. Soon a swarm of blood-sucking flies settled on him; but he lay quietly, still too weak to run away from them. A Hedgehog happened by. "Let me drive the flies away," he said kindly. "No, no!" exclaimed the Fox, "do not disturb them! They have taken all they can hold. If you drive them away, another greedy swarm will come and take the little blood I have left." Better to bear a lesser evil than to risk a greater in removing it.
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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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