Nasruddin and the Carob Beans

Nasruddin's neighbor came over to see him, dragging an immense sack.
"Nasruddin!" he shouted. "Come look!"
Nasruddin came outside to see what his neighbor was shouting about.
"My cousin came by with a wagonload of carob beans," the neighbor explained. "He gave me several sacks, and since you are such a good neighbor, here is a sack for you."
"Carob beans?" said Nasruddin dubiously.
"Yes!" said the neighbor. "You can chew them; they're sweet."
"Thank you thinking of me," said Nasruddin, "but I'm not interested. It's not worth chewing a ton of wood for an ounce of honey."

Inspired by The Wit and Wisdom of Nasraddin Hodja by Nejat Muallimoglu
Notes: This story is on p. 80 of the book. The author comments: "This is said of things when the trouble one goes through doing them is not worth the potential benefit."

No comments:

Post a Comment