The Wind and the Sun -AESOP’S FABLES (gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail)

“I’m stronger than you!” wailed the wind to the sun.

“Not so!” beamed the sun. “You are wrong!”

They agreed on a test to prove which was best,

Though both were exceedingly strong.


“See that man on the plain! I’ll tear off his coat!”

Howled the wind, with a deafening roar.

He whooped and he blew, but the man only drew

The garment about him the more.


Then after the wind had grown weary and weak

From blowing and puffing his worst,

The sun came to sight with gay banners of light,

And shone in a glorious burst.


And the man, in the heat, was soon doffing his coat –

From which it was only too plain

That a smile and a grin may be mighty to win

What pushes and growls cannot gain.



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