Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
525. ZEUS AND THE GOOD THINGS
Perry 274 (Chambry
The Good Things were too weak to defend themselves from the Bad Things,
so the Bad Things drove them off to heaven. The Good Things then asked
Zeus how they could reach mankind. Zeus told them that they should not
go together all at once, only one at a time. This is why people are constantly
besieged by Bad Things, since they are nearby, while Good Things come
more rarely, since they must descend to us from heaven one by one.
The fable shows that good things do not happen very often, while bad
things happen to us all the time.
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.