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There was a dog so wild and mischievous that his master was obliged to fasten a heavy bell about his neck to prevent him biting and worrying his neighbors. The dog, priding himself upon his badge, paraded in the marketplace, shaking his bell to attract attention.

A sly friend whispered to him; “The less noise you make, the better. Your mark of distinction is no reward of merit, but a badge of disgrace!”

Men often mistake notoriety for fame and would rather be remarked for their vices or follies than not be noticed at all.

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

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