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Fable Aesop
The She-Goats And Their Beards
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The She-Goats having obtained a beard by request to Jupiter,
the He-Goats were sorely displeased and made complaint that
the females equaled them in dignity.

"Allow them," said Jupiter, "to enjoy an empty honor and to
assume the badge of your nobler sex, so long as they are not
your equals in strength or courage."

It matters little if those who are inferior to us in merit should be
like us in outside appearances.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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