The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox

The lion, the ass, and the fox formed a party to go out hunting. They took a large booty and, when the sport was ended, thought to have a hearty meal.

The lion bade the ass to share the spoil. So, dividing it into three equal parts, the ass begged his friends to make their choice. The lion, in great indignation, fell upon the ass and tore him to pieces.

The lion then bade the fox to make a division. Gathering the whole into one great heap, the fox reserved but the smallest mite for himself. "Ah, friend," said the lion, "who taught you to make so equitable a division?" "I wanted no other lesson," replied the fox, "than the ass' fate."

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.