They were not designed via the epiphany of an unlettered Russian sergeant at a workbench, as fables would have it.
A long list of favorite books includes Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of Oz, Aesop's fables, and The Odyssey.
But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.
As far as possible, avoid comment or commendation until all the fables have been given.
What is true of proverbs, is true of all fables, parables, and allegories.
Ludwig Meyer von Knonau, a country magnate, was a poet and a painter, and wrote "fables."
This is the effect on us of tropes, fables, oracles, and all poetic forms.
This inferiority of some to others is sufficiently accounted for in the history of the origin and descent of these fables.
I told you, Brent, there was often a factual basis for fables—remember?
Had they been true stories, Tomkin's master would, and reasonably, have been still more angry than at the fables.
c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.
applied in the New Testament to the traditions and speculations, "cunningly devised fables", of the Jews on religious questions (1 Tim. 1:4; 4:7; 2 Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16). In such passages the word means anything false and unreal. But the word is used as almost equivalent to parable. Thus we have (1) the fable of Jotham, in which the trees are spoken of as choosing a king (Judg. 9:8-15); and (2) that of the cedars of Lebanon and the thistle as Jehoash's answer to Amaziah (2 Kings 14:9).