The Boy and the Filberts


A certain boy put his hand into a pitcher where a great plenty of figs and filberts lay. He grasped as many in his fists as it would hold but when he tried to pull it out, the narrow neck of the pitcher would not let him. Not willing to lose the filberts he burst into tears.

A fellow who was standing by saw his dilemma and gave this wise and good advice: "Grasp only half what you have in your hand, my boy, and you will more easily obtain the more."