Virtue of the Week: Prudence

The Goose and the Golden EggTHE GOOSE AND THE GOLDEN EGGS

Once upon a time, a man and his wife had the good fortune to have a goose which laid a golden egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough.

They imagined that if the bird must be able to lay golden eggs, its insides must be made of gold. And they thought that if they could get all that precious metal at once, they would get mighty rich very soon. So the man and his wife decided to kill the bird.

However, upon cutting the goose open, they were shocked to find that its innards were like that of any other goose! The moral of the story is: Think before you act.


Two little boys were playing together. One little boy saw a nut on the ground. Before he could pick it up the other boy took it. The first boy demanded, “Give me the nut. It’s mine. I only saw it first”. The other boy replied, “It’s mine. I’m the one who took it”. This lead to a quarrel between these two little boys. Just then a tall boy came that way. Upon seeing the quarrel between the boys, he said, “Give me the nut and I’ll settle your quarrel”. He split the nut into two parts. He took out the fruit-seed. He gave one half-shell to one boy and the other half-shell to the other. He put the fruit seed into his mouth and said, “This is for settling your quarrel”. MORAL : When two people quarrel someone else always gains.

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best heartsHenry Fielding