The Angler and the Little Fish

071. THE ANGLER AND THE LITTLE FISH. A man who was angling in a river, caught a small perch, which, as he was taking off the hook, and going to put it into his basket; opened its mouth, and began to implore his pity, begging that he would throw it into the river again. Upon the man's demanding what reason he had to expect such a favour, “Why,” says the fish, “because at present, I am but young and little, and consequently not so well worth your while, as I shall be, if you take me some time hence, when I am grown larger.”
“That may be,” replies the man, “but I am not one of those fools who quit a certainty in expectation of an uncertainty.” [more info]

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