The full stomach says,

“The ripe guava has worms.”
The empty stomach says,
“Let me see!”
—Haitian proverb

 

Three Rolls and One Doughnut

A rich man walked a long way from his village to the city.  By the time he got there, he was very hungry.  He bought a roll and ate it, but he was still hungry.  He bought another roll and ate it, but he was still hungry.  He bought a third roll and ate it.  He was still hungry.  Then he bought a doughnut.  He ate it—and what do you think?—he was not hungry any more.

“Ah!”  He clapped himself on the forehead, “What a fool I was to have wasted all that good money on rolls!  I should have bought a doughnut to begin with!”

 

Fables from Russia

Retold by Mirra Ginsburg

The Dial Press, N.Y., 1970

Commentary by William Shakespeare:  “You would be sweet…. if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are. And yet for aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing.

The Merchant of Venice

Act 1, Scene 2