Aesop's Fables
Quality, Not Quantity

Aesop's Moral:
Value is in the Worth, Not the Number

Another way of saying it:
Quality, not quantity, is important.

Aesop's Fable:

The Lioness

A debate prevailed among the animals as to which of them deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of babies at birth.

They came to the Lioness and said, "How many sons do you have at a birth?"

They came to the Lioness and said, "How many sons do you have at a birth?"

The Lioness laughed at them, and said: "Why! I have only one; but that one is the king of the beasts."

The Lioness summary: Lioness certainly gets to the point, doesn't she? "Who cares how many children I have? My one can eat all yours."

Or, as the bumper sticker says, "My kid can beat up your honor student."

Hmm. Are we sure we want to be teaching the lesson that some people are better than others? Or are better because they can eat others?

I think where the fable falls flat in this modern day is in rating living beings higher or lower than each other. I know I'd be more comfortable elevating one thing above another. For instance...

"I read one great book" over "I read five books I can't even remember."

The moral actually translates as, "The value is in the worth, not the number," but, "Quality, not quantity," probably is more familiar.

Quality, not quantity - value is in the worth, not the number.

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The Lioness: from the collection of the late Cyrus J. Lawrence, Esq. A Lioness From a bronze by Barye

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