IT HAPPENED that a Fisher, after fishing all day, caught only a little fish. “Pray, let me go, master,” said the Fish. “I am much too small for your eating just now. If you put me back into the river I shall soon grow, then you can make a fine meal off me.”
“Nay, nay, my little Fish,” said the Fisher, “I have you now. I may not catch you hereafter.”
A little thing in hand is worth more than a great thing in prospect.
Avian, ed. Ellis, 20. Also Babrius 6. Our "bird in the hand" is the English representation of the ancient fable which has gradually ceased to appear among the popular Æsops.
Fisher and the Little Fish, The
Fables of Aesop, The
Aesop & Jacobs, Joseph
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ATU 122F: "Wait til I Am Fat Enough."