Classical Insults - Aesop
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Aesop, e. 550BC, The Wolf and the Lamb
It's easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Aesop, The Wolf and the Kid
It's not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Aesop, The Jay and the Peacock
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
Aesop, The Man and the Satyr
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss at the real thing.
Aesop, The Buffoon and the Countryman
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Aesop, The Fox and the Goat