A Peacock and a Crane

2.10. A PEACOCK AND A CRANE. As a Peacock and a Crane were in company together, the Peacock spread his tail, and challenged the other to shew him such a fan of feathers. "You brag of your plumes," says the Crane, "that are fair indeed to the eye, but fit for nothing but to attract the eyes of children and fools. Do as I do, if you can;" and then, with a suitable contempt, he springs up into the air, leaving the gaping Peacock staring after him till his eyes ached.
MORAL. There cannot be a greater sign of a weak mind than a person's valuing himself on a gaudy outside; whether it be on the beauties of person, or the still vainer pride of fine clothes. [more info]

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