The Fir-Tree and the Bramble



A fir-tree was boasting to a bramble, and said, somewhat contemptuously, "You poor creature, you are of no use whatever. Now, look at me; I am useful for all sorts of things, particularly when men build houses; they can't do without me then."



But the bramble replied, "Ah, that's all very well; but you wait till they come with axes and saws to cut you down, and then you'll wish you were a bramble and not a fir."




Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.'