A Tortoise and two Geese shared a pond for many years and became close friends. At last there came a drought and the pond dried up.
One of the Geese said to the other, “We must seek a new home quickly, for we cannot live without water. Let us say farewell to the Tortoise and start at once.”
When the Tortoise heard that they were going, he trembled with fear, and pleaded with them not to desert him.
“Alas,” the Geese replied, “If we stay here, all three of us will die, and we cannot take you with us, for you cannot fly.”
Still the Tortoise begged not to be left behind.
After thinking for a while,.. one of the Geese finally said, “Dear friend, if you promise not to speak a word on the journey, we will take you with us. But know beforehand, that if you open your mouth even to say one single word, you will be in instant danger of losing your life.”
“Have no fear,” replied the Tortoise, “I will be silent until you give me leave to speak again. I would rather never open my mouth again than be left to die alone here in the dried-up pond.”
So the Geese brought a stout stick and asked the Tortoise grasp it firmly by his mouth. Then they took hold of either end and flew off with him. They had gone several miles in safety, when their course lay over a village. As the country people saw this curious sight of a Tortoise being carried by two Geese, they began to laugh and cry out, “Oh, did you ever see such a funny sight in all your life!”
And they laughed loud and long.
The Tortoise grew more and more indignant. At last he could stand the jeering no longer. He opened his mouth to explain the situation
but before he could say anything he had fallen to the ground and was dashed to pieces.
Moral: Destiny can’t be changed.
“Silence is the fence around wisdom” -German Quote
A tortoise one day met a hare who made fun of her…“Oh! my… you move so slowly, you will never get far!”
The tortoises, upset by the hare’s manner & said,“Let’s have a race and see who is faster.”
The hare laughed and said, “You must be joking! But all right, we’ll see who reaches the other side of the hill first.”
Off he ran, leaving the tortoise far behind.
After a while, the hare stopped to wait for the tortoise to come long.
He waited and waited till he felt sleepy. “I might as well take a nap,”he thought. “Even if she catches up with me, I can easily win therace.” So he lay down under a shady tree and closed his eyes.
When the tortoise passed the sleeping hare, she walked on slowly but steadily.
By the time the hare woke up, the tortoise was nearthe finishing line.
He ran as fast as he could, but he could not catchup with the tortoise.
Moral of the story: Slow and steady can win the race.