The Hare was once boasting of his
speed before the other animals.
"I have never yet been beaten,"
said he, "when I put 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 round
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
wins the race".
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Plodding wins the race"