Aesop’s Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher

Author: Aesop  | Date: 550 BC

THE CROW AND THE PITCHER

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair. Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him; and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst and save his life.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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Chicago: Aesop, Aesop’s Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMXUBSYQZ69AU4L.

MLA: Aesop. Aesop’s Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMXUBSYQZ69AU4L.

Harvard: Aesop, Aesop’s Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DMXUBSYQZ69AU4L.