The Hare and the Tortoise

One day a hare met a tortoise. She made fun of slow pace of the tortoise and said,

“You have as many legs as I have but I am sure, you cannot run as fast as I can. Most probably you can’t run at all”.

The tortoise became very angry. He answered quietly, “You can run quite fast, no doubt but I think, you can talk even faster than you can run. However, I agree to run a five-mile race with you”.

At this the hare felt very delighted. So she said, ‘Come along, let’s fix a date for the race’.

They fixed a date and the racing day had come.

The tortoise and the hare came to the starting point. The race began and the hare began to run very fast.

The hare jumped and jumped and ran a mile in a few minutes.

Soon she found the tortoise far behind her. Then she stopped and thought, I can have a good sleep before the tortoise comes up. So saying, the hare went to sleep in a bush.

In the meantime the tortoise walked on and on. He did not stop anywhere.

When he came to bush and saw the lazy hare lying fast asleep. He smiled and quietly passed by her without stopping.

After sometime the hare woke up. She saw that it was already evening. She immediately got on her feet. She began to run very fast.

But alas! The tortoise was already crossing the winning post.

The hare felt much ashamed. She now said to herself, It is true that slow and steady wins the race. 

Moral of the Story: Slow and steady wins the race.

Aesop