Aesop's Fables

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"Little By Little Does The Trick"

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Last Updated on May 25, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 118

Context: Although a great many proverbs in many languages (poco a poco, for example) revolve around "easy does it," the fable in the original is quite a different story. In one of the most accurate translations, the famous fable, with its moral, goes as follows:

A thirsty crow came upon a water pitcher and tried again and again to tip it over, but he could not upset it. However, by using a scheme he finally achieved his purpose. He began dropping pebbles into the pitcher, and soon there were so many they raised the level of the water so that it ran over the top. And so the crow quenched his thirst.
Little by little does the trick.

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