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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781)

The Ape and the Fox

From “Fables”

“NAME me an animal, though never so skilful, that I cannot imitate!” So bragged the ape to the fox.

But the fox replied:

“And do thou name me an animal so humble as to think of imitating thee!”

Writers of my country, need I explain myself more fully?