A shipwrecked man cast up on the beach fell asleep after his struggle with the waves. When he woke up, he bitterly reproached the sea for its treachery in enticing men with its smooth and smiling surface, and then, when they were well embarked, turning in fury on them and sending both ship and sailors to destruction.

The sea arose in the form of a woman, and replied, “Lay not the blame on me, sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself: but the winds fall on me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.”

Use care to place your blame on the right person.

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