The Wise Old Man

A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits.  The scholar took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

The youth held the plant between his thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. The old man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The youth pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all. “Now pull out that one,” said the old man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the old man, indicating a guava tree. The youth grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge. “It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they cannot be uprooted.”

The session with the old man changed the boy’s life.

Moral: Don’t wait for Bad Habits to grow in you, drop them while you have control over it else they will get control you.

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'84' Thoughts on a Story

  1. excellent motivation for all

  2. I don’t get the moral

  3. Excellent story

  4. Thinking was good

  5. excellent idea

  6. very nice story

  7. if a person understand the means of this story, he can really be a proper and perfect.
    with the proper and perfect he has a great advantage to achieve success.

    such a interesting moral story,,,,,,,

  8. i like this story . it can actually change life of a person . i dont know that how someone get amazing ideas of writing such a wonderful story. thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

  9. Its amazing ending shocked me. Well done.

  10. Is it okey if i put it on youtube and credit ?

  11. The explanation of the moral is a bit condescending

  12. Hussein Almensoury

    March 31, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for this moral

  13. A story with a good moral lesson learn in life

  14. Rowida mahmoud mohmoud

    June 17, 2016 at 6:50 am

    That is amazing one

  15. It is absolutely true

  16. aiiich so nice and beautiful story. Short and sweet

  17. tnx for suggest me.tnx

  18. Good. Story

  19. that’s a good moral for all


  21. It is a meaning full story of youth and elder.

  22. He wasn’t that smart ether


  24. Some people give us unforgettable lessons .

  25. Thank you guys. It’s good.

  26. It’s a very inspiring story for youth

  27. Truth :) Excellent!

  28. Interesting and easy to read short stories.

  29. Cinto Thomas Puthur

    March 5, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leave no regret, but worldly sorrow bring death.

  30. Good for my essay :D ty my teacher will like it

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