My favorite Greek fable

Βορέας καὶ Ἥλιος

Βοῤῥᾶς χειμέριος ἔριν ἐποιήσατο πρὸς τὸν Ἥλιον, ποῖος ἐξ αὐτῶν ὁδοιποροῦντός τινος τὸ ἱμάτιον ἀποδύσει. Βοῤῥᾶς δὲ πρῶτος βίᾳ τὸ ἱμάτιον φυσῶν ἤλπιζε συλήσειν. Ὁ δὲ ῥιγῶν καὶ κρατήσας ἀμφοτέραις χερσὶ τὸ ἱμάτιον, ἔβαλε τὴν κεφαλὴν ἔν τινι πέτρας ὀπῇ, τὴν ψόαν ἔξω ἐάσας. Ὁ δὲ Ἥλιος τὸ μὲν πρῶτον χλιάνας αὐτὸν τοῦ ψύχους, ἔπειτα τὴν φλόγα προσαγαγὼν ἔπεισεν ἱδρώσαντα τὸ ἱμάτιον ἀποδύσασθαι· οὗτως οὖν ἡττήθη ὁ Βοῤῥᾶς.

Ὅτι πραοτέρως ἐπιχειρῶν τινι πράγματι μᾶλλον ἀνύσεις πείθων ἢ βιαζόμενος.

Aesop’s The North Wind & The Sun

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