THE SAGE AND THE CHILDREN
 A SAGE in the East once went to a certain
country, where he saw this: The children
said they were hungry; the mothers
cooked their breakfast and placed it before
Just as the children were putting the
food to their lips a number of rude men
rushed in and carried off the dishes.
The mothers quietly observed the scene
without complaining, nor did the children
make any stir.
The sage was surprised, and asked what
all that meant The mothers said, "Sir,
we beseech you to observe a while more."
Then the children started, and went about
seeking for their breakfast, which the men
had hidden somewhere, and after much
ado got it and appeased their hunger.
The mothers turned to the sage, and
said, "Sir, in our country it is thus we
teach our children early the great virtue
of patience. That which really leads men
 to success is the faculty of putting up with
disappointment in the early part of their
career. It is thus we cultivate the faculty
in our children."