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Fable Aesop
The Two Travelers And The Axe
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Two Men were journeying together. One of them picked up an
axe that lay upon the path, and said, "I have found an axe."

"Nay, my friend," replied the other, "do not say 'I,' but 'We' have
found an axe."

They had not gone far before they saw the owner
of the axe pursuing them, and he who had picked up the axe
said, "We are undone."

"Nay," replied the other, "keep to your
first mode of speech, my friend; what you thought right then,
think right now. Say 'I,' not 'We' are undone."

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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