The Crab and Its Mother

: Aesop's Fables

A CRAB said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child?

It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young Crab

replied: "Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the

straight way, I will promise to walk in it." The Mother tried in

vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her


Example is more powerful than precept.