Fables The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind had once a contest to see which of them could soonest persuade a certain traveler to part with his cloak.

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

And now the Sun darted his warm insinuating rays, which melting the traveler by degrees, at length obliged him to throw aside that cloak which all the raging of the Wind could not compel him to resign.

Learn hence, said the Sun to the blustering Wind, that soft and gentle means will often accomplish what force and fury can never effect.

Moral: On many occasions, gentle means are more effective than violent ones.

Fable citation: Bewick, Thomas. Bewick’s Select Fables of Aesop and Others. London: Bickers & Son, 1776. This story is in the public domain and is part of the cited work

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S. E. Schlosser
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Editor of WorldFolklore.net and AmericanFolklore.net, S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.