Saturday, September 11, 2010

L'Estrange: An Ass, an Ape and a Mole

An Ass and an Ape were conferring Grievances. The Ass complain’d mightily for want of a Horns, and the Ape was as much troubled for want of a Tail. Hold your Tongues both of ye, says the Mole, and be thankful for what you have, for the poor Moles are stark blind, and in a worse Condition than either of ye.

There’s no Contending with the Orders and Decrees of Providence. He that made us knows what’s fittest for us; and every Man’s own Lot (well understood and managed) is undoubtedly the best.

Source: L'Estrange 25.
Asinus, Simius et Talpa

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M0188 (not in Perry)

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