Aesop’s Fables: The Hare and the Hound

A hound, after long chasing a hare, at length came up to her and kept first biting and then licking her. The hare, not knowing what to make of him, said; “If you are a friend, why do you bite me? But if you are a foe, why do you caress me?”

Moral: A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other and we then know how to meet him.

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Author: Neel Burton

Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is author of Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking, The Meaning of Madness, Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions, and other books. You can find Neel on Twitter and Facebook, and at www.neelburton.com

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