Sunday, November 28, 2010

L'Estrange: Two Laden-Asses.

As Two Asses were Fording a River, the one Laden with Salt, the other with Sponge: The Salt-Ass fell down under his Burden, but quickly got up again, and went-on the Merrier for't. The Sponge-Ass found it agreed so well with his Companion, that down lyes he too, upon the same Experiment; but the Water that Dissolv'd the Salt, made the Sponge Forty times Heavier then it was before; and that which Eas'd the One, Drown'd the Other.

The Deceiver may be Deceived: Many People take false Measures for their own Relief, without considering that what's Good in one Case, may be Bad in Another.

Source: L'Estrange 408.
Asinus, Sal et Spongiae

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