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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Mischievous Dog

A dog used to run up quietly to those he met and surprise them by biting and snapping at their heels. After a while, his master began to hang a bell about his neck, or sometimes a chain attached to a heavy clog, so that people could hear the dog coming.

The dog grew proud of his bell and clog, and went with them all over the market-place.

One day, an old hound finally said to him: "Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell and clog that you carry are not, believe me, orders of merit; on the contrary, they are marks of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill-mannered dog!"

Moral of the Story: Those who achieve notoriety often mistake it for fame.

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