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Daemon
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:31:02 AM
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Means, we just don't quite understand what is happening around us.
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:00:16 AM

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If I was in his time, I will ask him 'What about money?'
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:41:31 AM
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Daemon wrote:
We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


And we often relish what is most harmful to us... Sometimes acknowledgment comes far too late for a happy ending.
JUSTIN Excellence
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:34:11 AM

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This, be it what we often despise, is my portion. It is hard; it is indeed severe; but we must bear it, and do the best we can.

Justin
Meetu Choudhary
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 4:12:34 AM

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For me it depends on time and person, we may relish or despise
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 6:15:37 AM

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That's true. I've experienced that so often in my life! Angel
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 6:43:11 AM

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Drool Howdy. I remember when younger I didn't want to eat my vegetables but my mom kept saying they were necessary. Now I've lived to prove she was right.
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51:57 AM

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The quote in context:

The Hart and the Hunter
The Hart was once drinking from a pool and admiring the noble figure he made there. "Ah," said he, "where can you see such noble horns as these, with such antlers! I wish I had legs more worthy to bear such a noble crown; it is a pity they are so slim and slight." At that moment a Hunter approached and sent an arrow whistling after him. Away bounded the Hart, and soon, by the aid of his nimble legs, was nearly out of sight of the Hunter; but not noticing where he was going, he passed under some trees with branches growing low down in which his antlers were caught, so that the Hunter had time to come up. "Alas! alas!" cried the Hart: forest.

"We often despise what is most useful to us."

http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?srch&fabl/TheHartandtheHunter
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 7:30:23 AM
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I despise the fact of my aptitude for manual labor, but it's quite handy for accomplishing the necessary tasks that I'd rather not do. Whistle


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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 8:59:06 AM

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Pray "We often despise what is most useful to us." i think it is true , because sometimes we dn't give much intrest and importance 4 what we have ,all what we care about is what we neeed we do evrything to gain what we need ,no matter what
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:13:47 AM

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But I'm willing to be not nearly as often as what irritates us.
Miriam...
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:44:15 AM

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Thank you for the fable, Monamagda. It was a delight to read. :)

So often we do not appreciate the assets in ourselves that are perceived and judged by others (and our selves) as flawed or unworthy. Sometimes our greatest weakness is our greatest strength.
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:44:51 PM

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I can remember Aesop and his Fables when I was a kid. I always enjoy his quotes posted on here.
Miriam...
Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:40:41 AM

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Hi, Vicki. We are of the same mind.:) I love Aesop's fables, as well.

I think there is another interpretation to Aesop's fable, The Hart and the Hunter. I thought perhaps someone would mention it, but since no one has, I suppose it is up to me to do so.:)

Sometimes, because of our self-love, our greatest strength actually hinders our lives. Our egos, pride, and vanity, swell our heads (or horns) into elaborate aberrations of grandeur, which cause us to stumble and fall, or catch us in laughing trees whose gnarly arms and pointed fingers tear at the intricate and ornate facades we weave. Though our legs might be nimble, our heads are heavy, and sometimes the opposite is true: Our greatest strength becomes our greatest weakness.
Verbatim
Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:06:54 PM
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Daemon wrote:
We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Worse yet, we love and cherish what is useless.
io4yiu
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:35:40 AM

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Haha, well I got to add in a thing, and that is that the hart makes
serving as a metaphor quite difficult to understand; especially when
comparing with a human, for this instance.

This could all be in the perspective from the hunter, judging on the hart -
that the forest actually assisted himself in capturing the hart. So
forest, as something many do not give a second thought about (oh, it's just
a forest, trees.. ), turns out to be the thing needed for hunting a meal.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:03:06 PM
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Interesting perspective io4y. It appears that there is much more to mona's post than immediately visible.

The forest, with it's trees and undergrowth, that hindered the hunter from pursuing his prey, served as a snare to the very quarry he stalked.


Verbatim
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:01:26 PM
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What appears to be much more in mona's posting of the fable for context is the word: "forest". Aesop's fable does not appear to contain the word at the end of it, just before the moral.
http://aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?2&TheHartandtheHunter

But since it was introduced and has already put the quote off-tracks, perhaps it is just as well to remember that sometime we can't see the forest from the tree(s).
Absurdicuss
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:10:40 PM
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Bravo Verb! Applause
io4yiu
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:44:36 PM

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Ah, so I did a quick search:
there's a youtube voice-over one that you can find;
this one I watched, the speaker didn't mentioned the word.
My last search is from about.com ,
and the word forest is included:
http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_aesop_hart_hunter.htm

So.. : )
Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:56:33 PM
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So... :) ?? Any comment??

"Of diverse origins, the stories associated with Aesop's name have descended to modern times through a number of sources" according to this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesop%27s_Fables
(and got on line also thanks to a number of sources).

I will gladly stand corrected by my betters, anytime. But at issue was the source cited for context here above, no "forest" there:
http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?srch&fabl/TheHartandtheHunter

And no "forest" in either of these: http://www.taleswithmorals.com/aesop-fable-the-hart-and-the-hunter.htm
http://www.umass.edu/aesop/content.php?n=18&i=1 ( this one has nice illustrations )

So...when so many trees, hard to see the forest.
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:20:57 AM

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Meetu Choudhary wrote:
For me it depends on time and person, we may relish or despise



I despise relish. Nasty green muck.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:27:51 PM
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And I relish the despicable green muck.
Verbatim
Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2014 2:28:14 PM
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Daemon wrote:
We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


And consequently fail to use it properly.
AZE GRA
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:51:39 AM

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SOMETIMES, UNKNOWINGLY, WE ARE SWAYED BY WHAT IS UNNECESSARY AND REJECT THE ONES THAT ARE IMPORTANT...Think
Verbatim
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:17:53 PM
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Daemon wrote:
We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


And thus:
“We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction” Aesop
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