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Fable Aesop
The Father And His Sons
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A Father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling
among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his
exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration
of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them
to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed
the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered
them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and
were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took the sticks
separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons' hands,
upon which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in
these words: "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist
each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts
of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will
be broken as easily as these sticks."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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