The Oak and the Reeds

: Aesop's Fables

A VERY LARGE OAK was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a

stream. It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: "I

wonder how you, who are so light and weak, are not entirely

crushed by these strong winds." They replied, "You fight and

contend with the wind, and consequently you are destroyed; while

we on the contrary bend before the least breath of air, and

therefore remain unbroken, and escape."

Stoop to conquer.