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The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

the frog who aspired to become as big as the ox

A Frog espied an Ox that seemed to her of a noble size.
She, no bigger than an egg,
Envious, stretches, puffs up and labours
To match the animal in size,
Saying: « Hey watch me sister;
Is this enough? tell me; am I there yet?
-No way! -How about now? -Not at all. – Is that it ?
You aren’t even close. » The puny, pretentious creature
Swelled up so much that she croaked.
The world is full of people who aren’t too wise:
People with some money wish to build like royalty,
Every minor prince has ambassadors,
Every marquis wants servants.

Jean de La Fontaine  (1621-1695)

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