The Lion, the Ass and the Fox formed a party to go out hunting. They took a large booty, and when the sport was ended, bethought themselves of having a hearty meal. The Lion bade the Ass allot the spoil. So, dividing it into three equal parts, the Ass begged his friends to make their choice; at which the Lion, in great indignation, fell upon the Ass and tore him to pieces. He then bade the Fox make a division; who, gathering the whole into one great heap, reserved but the smallest mite for himself. “Ah! friend,” says the Lion, “who taught you to make so equitable a division?” “I wanted no other lesson,” replied the Fox, “than the Ass’s fate.”
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.