In this fable by Aesop, the grasshopper and the ant spend their summer days differently. The grasshopper hops about, singing and playing, while the ant works hard to gather food for the winter. The grasshopper asks the ant why he’s so worried—after all, there is plenty of food for now! Still, the ant keeps working hard, while the grasshopper keeps playing. When winter comes, the grasshopper finds himself starving, while the ants have plenty of food. Like all of Aesop’s fables, this one has a moral: best to prepare before you despair!
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In a field one summer’s day,
a Grasshopper was hopping about,
chirping and singing to its heart’s
An Ant passed by, hauling along
with great toil an ear of corn
he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and play with me,”
said the Grasshopper, “instead of
toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to save up my food for
the winter,” said the Ant, “and
I recommend you do the same.”
“Why worry about the winter?” said the
“We got plenty of food for now.”
But the Ant went on its way and
continued its toil.
When the winter came the
Grasshopper had no food, and found
itself dying of hunger, while every day
it saw the ants eating corn and grain
from the stores they had collected
in the summer.
And the moral of the story is:
“It’s best to prepare before you despair.”