The Gnat and the Lion
A tiny Gnat once said to a mighty Lion, “I do not in the least fear you, nor are you stronger than I am!”
“Really?” said the Lion with a yawn, “And just what do you mean by that dear fellow?”
“Well, even though you can scratch with your claws and bite with your teeth, you see, I am more powerful than you,” piped the Gnat, eager to pick a brawl. “Let’s fight and see who wins.”
The Lion accepted the challenge with a laugh, but before he knew it, the Gnat had fixed himself upon his face and stung him on the nostrils.
The Lion was taken aback. He flew into a rage. He tore at the Gnat with his claws and tried to crush him.
But he tore his own face. He chased the Gnat all over his body till he was bleeding from every limb and corner and was badly wounded.
Buzzing around the Lion in a song of victory, the Gnat picked up speed and buzzed away.
Along the forest path, the little insect, still dizzy from his triumph, flew right into the web of a hungry spider. Bound and still stunned, the Gnat suddenly found himself to be the main course of the resident spider’s meal!
Before disappearing into the spider’s mouth, the Gnat was heard saying, “Oh poor me, poor me! I could defeat a mighty Lion. Now I am about to be destroyed by a miserable trifling of an insect like the spider!”
Don't boast; you can always be undone.
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