The Boy and the Filberts

: Aesop's Fables

A BOY put his hand into a pitcher full of filberts. He grasped

as many as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull out

his hand, he was prevented from doing so by the neck of the

pitcher. Unwilling to lose his filberts, and yet unable to

withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his

disappointment. A bystander said to him, "Be satisfied with half

the quantity, and you will readily draw out your hand."

Do not attempt too much at once.