The Hare And The Tortoise Story With Moral Lesson

The Hare And The Tortoise – This article will tell you the story of the Tortoise and the Hare with summary and moral lesson. How did the animals make use of their time? Also, what is the moral lesson of the story?

The Hare and The Tortoise
The Hare and The Tortoise

Who is Aesop?

Before exactly reading the story let us know a little about the author first.

Aesop is a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables.

Now, enjoy reading Aesop’s story.

The Hare And The Tortoise


A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

“Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.

“Yes,” replied the Tortoise, “and I get there sooner than you think. I’ll run you a race and prove it.”

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the it should catch up.

The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

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The Hare And The Tortoise Moral Lesson

  • The race is not always to the swift.
  • You can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly.
  • Persist until you suceed.
  • Know your strength, believe and do it.
  • The loser now is later to win.
  • If you are going to sleep before/during a race, remember to set the alarm clock.

The Tortoise And The Hare Summary

The fable tells the story of a tortoise who, ridiculed by the rabbit for being slow, challenges it to a race. The hare soon leaves the turtle behind and, confident of winning, take a nap halfway. Upon awakening, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him. This fable shows that at the moment of challenge and encounter, the predetermined outcome was reversed. The strength became a weakness, weakness transformed into strength, and when coupled with steadfastness, truly produced a win.

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