Buddhist Parables

A Herd of Cows A man had a herd of 250 cows and took great care looking after their welfare. One day, however, a tiger ate one of them–and when the man noticed this, he thought, “I’ve lost one of my cows, and my herd is incomplete. What’s the point of having all these otherContinue reading “Buddhist Parables”

Chinese Stories

What’s Valuable Now? At one point during the third century BC, China was in chaos after the government was overthrown. Armies plundered and looted, and soldiers took and hoarded precious metals, jewels, and other items of value. In the midst of all of this, a commissioner gathered information like maps and census data, and aContinue reading “Chinese Stories”


To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. [Sometimes it’s easier to avoid something completely than to do it in moderation. Some alcoholics can quit drinking, but very few alcoholics can drink in moderation.] – St. Augustine No man will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or to getContinue reading “Quotes”

Jewish Folktales

Tax Complaint An unemployed man was in his bed devising a plan to make money. He thought to himself, “I’ll get a job at the shoe factory. And after a month, I’ll use some of my earnings to buy ten chicks. And then those chicks will grow up and become adults, and they’ll lay eggs.Continue reading “Jewish Folktales”

Chinese Folktales

Clocks A local man ran a clock store, and every day, a certain young fellow came into the store briefly, looked inside, and left. One day, the clock store owner asked the young man about his daily routine. “Well,” replied the latter, “I’m the town timekeeper, and it’s my job to ring the town squareContinue reading “Chinese Folktales”

Aesop’s Fables

Eagle Proposes Alliance with Lion An eagle proposed an alliance with a lion. The lion replied, “Sounds good. Except for one thing. How can I trust someone who can just fly away from an agreement whenever he feels like it? Why I’m Upset A young pig was enclosed in a yard with a goat andContinue reading “Aesop’s Fables”

Mulla Nasrudin Stories

Selling a Turban Nasrudin went to the mayor’s palace one day wearing a fancy turban. “Wow!” said the mayor, “What a magnificent turban! I’ve never seen anything like it. How much will you sell it for?” “One thousand dollars,” Nasrudin calmly replied. A local merchant turned to the mayor and remarked, “If you go toContinue reading “Mulla Nasrudin Stories”


As soon as a new law is made, a way around it is devised. – Italian Proverb If you dig a pit for others, you might fall into it yourself! – Italian Proverb Many a true word is spoken in jest. – Italian Proverb The remedy is often worse than the disease. – Italian ProverbContinue reading “Proverbs”

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