I'm not sure if too many people know right off hand who Aesop was,he was a slave and story-teller who lived in Ancient Greece(620–560 BC). No one really knows if was a real person or not, but his fables are some of the best known in the world. Here are just a handful.
Other Fables credited to Aesop:
Androcles(Anyone who reads this one will definitely recognize it. It's the one about the lion with the thorn in his paw)
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Boy who Cried Wolf
The Goose With the Golden Eggs
The Dog and the Wolf
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Crow and the Pitcher
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
The Milkmaid and Her Pail(Don't count your chickens before they hatch)
The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts
A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and the Beasts. When the two armies were collected together the Bat hesitated which to join. The Birds that passed his perch said:
"Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Beast."
Later on, some Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said:
"Come with us"; but he said: "I am a Bird."
Luckily at the last moment peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned
against him and he had to fly away. He then went to the Beasts, but soon had to beat a retreat, or else they would have torn him to pieces.
"Ah," said the Bat, "I see now,
The moral of the story:
"He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends."