The Raven and the Swan

烏鴉與天鵝

 

A raven saw a swan and desired to secure for himself the same beautiful plumage.  Supposing that the swan's splendid white color arose from his washing in the water in which he swam, the raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his living, and took up residence in the lakes and pools. But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not change their color, while through want of food he perished. 

一隻烏鴉看見天鵝,便想要自己也有同樣美麗的羽毛。牠以為天鵝有漂亮的白色,是在水池裡游水所洗出來的;於是,烏鴉便離開牠覓食街坊的祭壇,住到有湖泊和池塘的地區。但是儘管牠經常清洗羽毛,卻不能夠變換羽毛顏色,反而因缺乏食物而餓死。

 

Change of habit cannot alter nature.更改習慣,不能改變天性。