Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Aesop says (of fable fame)

"We hang the petty thieves, but appoint the great ones to public office."

Said on or around 600 B.C. There indeed is little new under the sun.


  1. Chip Frontz1:09 PM

    "In short, this is the way of the world. Those who can steal and rob openly are safe and free, unpunished by anyone, even desiring to be honored. Meanwhile, the petty sneak thieves who have committed one offense must bear disgrace and punishment to make the others look respectable and honorable. But they should know that God considers them the greatest thieves, and that he will punish them as they deserve."
    -Luther on the seventh commandment, Large Catechism, 1529 (perhaps following Aesop?)

  2. If I remember correctly, Luther loved Aesop's fables- he preferred Aesop to Jerome, for example.