The Farmer's Sons
Sons once fell out. The Farmer tried to
make peace between them, but he could not. Then he
bade them bring him some sticks. These he tied
together into a bundle, and gave the bundle to each of
his Sons in turn, and told him to break it. Each Son
tried, but could not.
Then he untied the bundle and gave them each one stick
to break. This they did easily, and he said: "So it
is with you, my Sons. If you are all of the same mind,
your enemies can do you no harm. But if you quarrel,
they will easily get the better of you."