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