The Fox who Had Lost His Tail

24. THE FOX WHO HAD LOST HIS TAIL. A Fox having his tail caught in a trap lost it. Feeling that his loss would bring him into ridicule, he assembled a number of Foxes and publicly advised them to have their tails cut off, saying that they would not only appear better, but that they would get rid of a great weight and inconvenience. One of them, interrupting him, said, “If you had not lost your tail, you would not thus counsel us.” MORAL. The advice of bad men is not dictated by kindness, but by their own interests [more info]

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