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A Grain of Corn – A Funny Story About Conformity

One rooster rummaged in a pile of garbage from morning till night. – What are you looking for, rooster? – the other ones asked him. – A grain of corn – answered the Rooster. – But there are corn grains scattered all over the ground! – Ha! On the ground, even a fool can find […]

The Emperor and the Crane – A Motivational Story About Death and Immortality

A certain sage brought a glass of living water to an emperor and said: – “If you drink this water – you will become immortal. If you don’t – you will eventually end up in the country of the dead. Just like everybody else.” The emperor thought a while about the offer, but couldn’t decide […]

One Hundred or Two Hundred – Another Cautionary Tale About the Greedy Ones

Once upon a time, there lived one merchant. And like all merchants, he bought goods from one place, and travelled to sell them in another. From time to time, he would stop his caravan, and after resting a while, he would move on forward. But, once, after making few stops, he discovered that he had […]

Greed Is an Expensive Thing – A Cautionary Tale for the Greedy Ones

Before the judge stood a man convicted of bribes. The judge offered the accused to choose between one of three possible punishments: either to pay 100 gold coins, to be hit 50 times with a stick, or to eat 3 pounds of raw onions. Being greedy, so he decided that the best punishment is also […]

Transformation – A Cautionary Tale About Money and Generosity

There lived once two men. One of them was rich, and the other one was poor. There were many feasts in the house of the rich man. Meanwhile, the poor man had nothing to eat. A wise old man once came to the door of the rich man and asked him to sleep for the […]

Don’t Look for the Guilty One – A Cautionary Tale About Friendships

A long time ago, in a kingdom far away, there lived two knights who befriended each other. The first one was smart, and the second one stupid. Nevertheless, they gave each other a promise of loyalty – that neither of them will leave the other in good times or in need, and that they will […]

The Fox and the Crane – An Instructive Story About Friends

The Fox and the Crane became friends. After a while, the Fox invited the Crane over for dinner. The Crane accepted the invitation and went to the Fox’s house. The Fox had some soup  prepared and served it on a flat plate. The Crane tried peck-peck-pecking on the plate, but couldn’t get anything in his […]

The One Who Is in the Pond – An Inspirational Story About Attitude

One day, the little Raccoon went into the woods to pick some sweet sedge for dinner. When he arrived in the woods, however, a monkey decided to have some fun with him. So, he asked him: – Are you not afraid the ONE WHO is living in the pond? He’s so evil and scary. It […]

Mutual Help – An Inspirational Story About Compassion

A believer once went to the Prophet and asked to see heaven and hell. The Prophet took his hand and led him to a palace. When they entered one room, he saw multitudes of people. In the middle of the room, there was a long table with a pot full of soup, spreading a pleasant […]

The Broken Jug – A Story About Helpers

A small clay water jug stood on the stove. And in the corner of the room, a sick man lay on the bed. He was tormented by extreme thirst. “Just a sip, just a sip,” he groaned. But there was no one in the room. His pleas were so heartbreaking that the jug could not […]

Desiderata

An Inspirational Prose Poem About Happiness   by Max Ehrmann   Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull […]

The Donkey and the Horse – A Story About Compassion and Helping Others

A horse and a donkey were once coming from the market. The donkey was carrying heavy load on his back, and the horse was lightly running. Halfway down the road, the donkey felt tired and barely able to breathe. He asked the horse to take some of his load. But the horse would not listen. […]

The Best Zoo in the Universe – Short Story About Perspective

Towards the end of August, a huge silver coloured spaceship came to Earth, carrying with it Professor Hugo’s zoo. The zoo was open for only six hours. Adults and children waited since the early morning, forming the longest line ups ever witnessed. And everyone was holding in their hands the entrance fee, a small amount […]

The “Inexperienced” Expert – An Inspirational Story About Intelligence

In the early 1930s, an American manufacturing company sent an industrial machine to Japan. A month later, the company received a telegram: THE MACHINE DOES NOT WORK. SEND A REPAIRMAN. The company sent a specialist to Japan. But even before he could get to work, it received another telegram: THE REPAIRMAN IS TOO YOUNG. SENT […]

Finger – A Funny Story About Health

A patient complained to his doctor: – It seems to me, doc, that I will die soon… I feel terrible pain wherever I touch anything on my body. After examining the patient, the doctor replied: – Of course you do. Your finger is broken.   The Lesson Every so often we feel as if we’re […]

A Husband for a Mouse – A Moral Story About Marriage

Once upon a time, in a family of ordinary mice, a baby mouse was born. Few years passed, and she grew up to become a dazzling beauty. When it was her turn to get married, her parents started looking for a suitable mate. But how could they find one? Who was special enough to deserve […]

The By-Products of Life

Motivational Story About the Value of By-Products   It often happens that a by-product of a manufacturing process proves worthier than the original product of that process. For example, many people know the name of the most famous product of the Bayer Chemical Corporation of Germany. But few are aware that it was discovered by […]

The Gift of the Magi

Inspiring Story About Love… and Gifts   After O. Henry   I. The Couple Delia and James were a poor twenty-something couple living in a modest apartment. They owned almost nothing and took pride in merely two of their few belongings: Delia’s beautiful brown hair and Jim’s prized gold watch, given to him as a […]

The Dance

A True Story Without a Moral   In Oriental Mythology, the second volume of his comparative study The Masks of God, the famous American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campbell retells an amusing story. It concerns a Shinto priest and a Western sociologist who met at a conference in Japan in the late 1950s. The Japanese […]

The Muddy Road

A True Story About Judging People   Hara Tanzan was a Soto Buddhist monk who lived for most of the nineteenth century. He was well revered in life and even before his death, there were many stories retold about him. It’s hard to distinguish which of them are true and which are not. This, nevertheless, […]

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