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Fable Aesop
The Flies And The Honey-Pot
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A Number of Flies were attracted to a jar of honey which had been
overturned in a housekeeper's room, and placing their feet in it,
ate greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared with the honey
that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and
were suffocated. Just as they were expiring, they exclaimed, "O
foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we
have destroyed ourselves."

Pleasure bought with pains, hurts.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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