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The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind once had an argument about which of them could persuade a certain traveler to part with his cloak.

Wind began the attack and assaulted him with great violence. But the man, wrapping his cloak still closer about him, doubled his efforts to keep it, and went on his way.

Next, the Sun darted his warm insinuating rays downward, warming up the cold traveler by degrees. At length, the man was obliged to throw aside that cloak which all the rage of Wind could not compel him to resign.

“Learn this lesson,” said Sun to the blustering Wind, “Soft and gentle means will often accomplish what force and fury can never affect.”

Moral: Gentle means, on many occasions, are more effectual than violent ones.


Citation: Bewick, Thomas, ed. Bewick’s Select Fables. London: Bickers and Son, 1871. Edited by S.E. Schlosser. This story is in the public domain and is part of the cited work.