Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
490. THE TWO FROGS BY THE ROAD
Perry 69 (Chambry
There were two frogs who lived near one another. One lived in a deep
pond that was far away from the road, but the other lived near the road
where there was only a small amount of water. The frog who lived in the
deep pond advised the other frog to move in with him so that they could
share the pond between them and live a life that was less fraught with
danger. The roadside frog refused the offer, saying that he had become
accustomed to his home and couldn't tear himself away. Not long afterwards,
he was crushed under the wheel of a passing wagon.
The same is true of people who persist in some worthless activity:
before they know it, they've lost everything.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.