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195 - The Fisherman and the little Fish



A fisherman who lived on the produce of his nets, one day caught a single small Fish as the result of his day's labor. 

The Fish, panting convulsively, thus entreated for his life: 

"O Sir, what good can I be to you, and how little am I worth? I am not yet come to my full size. Pray spare my life, and put me back into the sea. I shall soon become a large fish fit for the tables of the rich, and then you can catch me again, and make a handsome profit of me." 

The Fisherman replied, 

"I should indeed be a very simple fellow if, for the chance of a greater uncertain profit, I were to forego my present certain gain."

Of more value is a coin in the hand, than a treasure at the bottom of the sea.





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