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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FABLES

I have no faith in the old wives' fables that we are most miserable when we get what we want.

This is the effect on us of tropes, fables, oracles, and all poetic forms.

What is true of proverbs, is true of all fables, parables, and allegories.

To the wise, therefore, a fact is true poetry, and the most beautiful of fables.

I told you, Brent, there was often a factual basis for fables—remember?

The reverse of this is the case with the personages of the Fables.

Out upon you, magpie; would you delude the old man with fables?

There is a wonderful collection of fables, and a most complete library of ana.

She suggested some little piece of verse—some fable if there were fables in English.

Present the fables in the order in which they are given above.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.