It is below the Dignity of a great Mind to entertain Contests with People that have neither Quality nor Courage; Beside the Folly of contending with a miserable Wretch, where the very Competition is a Scandal.
Source: L'Estrange 11. Note that this story is usually told about a wild boar and a donkey, but L'Estrange has made it about a lion instead.
Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the colored Steinhowel images. Although this is an illustration for a different story, I thought it would be suited to this fable by L'Estrange, too!