The Hare and the Tortoise

: Aesop's Fables

The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other

animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put

forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me."

The Tortoise said quietly, "I accept your challenge."

"That is a good joke," said the Hare; "I could dance round you

all the way."

"Keep your boasting till you've beaten," answered the

Tortoise. "Shall we race?"

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted

almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his

contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise

plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap,

he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run

up in time to save the race. Then said the Tortoise:

"Plodding wins the race."