Hare And Tortoise


The Hare was once boasting of his speed before all the other animals.

“I have never yet been beaten,“ said he,
“when I pull forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.“

The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.“

“That is a good joke,“ said the Hare;
“I could dance around you all the way.“ 

“Keep your boasting till you've beaten,“
answered the Tortoise.  “Shall we race?“

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.

Then said the Tortoise:  “Plodding, slowly but surely, wins the race."