A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain.
He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days.
The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles
was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the
The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.
-- Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
The Lion and the Mouse
Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?"
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help
him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the
Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive
to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a waggon to
carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and
seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed
away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?"
-- Little friends may prove great friends.
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*-- Albert Schweitzer
"When a man cares he is unafraid. When he is fair, he leaves enough
for others. When he is humble, he can grow."
"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because
they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."
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