The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other
animals. 'I have never yet been beaten,' said he, 'when I put
forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.'
The Tortoise said quietly, 'I accept your challenge.'
'That is a good joke,' said the Hare; 'I could dance round you
all the way.'
'Keep your boasting till you've beaten,' answered the
Tortoise. 'Shall we race?'
So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted
almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his
contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise
plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap,
he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run
up in time to save the race. Then said the Tortoise:
'Plodding wins the race.'