A wild donkey, who was wandering idly about, one day came on a pack-donkey lying at full length in a sunny spot and thoroughly enjoying himself. Going up to him, he said, “What a lucky beast you are! Your sleek coat shows how well you live: how I envy you!”

Not long after the wild donkey saw his acquaintance again, but this time he was carrying a heavy load, and his driver was following behind and beating him with a thick stick.

“Ah, my friend,” said the wild donkey, “I don’t envy you any more: for I see you pay dear for your comforts.”

Advantages that are dearly bought are doubtful blessings. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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