One day a hare teased the tortoise for its slowness. The latter challenged the former to run a race.
The hare accepted the challenge and asked the tortoise to select the umpire. The choice fell upon the fox, who fixed the goal.
The race day having arrived, they began to run the race. The hare with its usual swiftness left the tortoise far behind and thought of taking a short nap. However, it soon fell fast asleep. The tortoise, on the other hand, continued to walk with its slow pace steadily, and reached the goal far ahead of the hare.
When the hare awoke, it could not find the tortoise behind, and sped with all its might. However, to its utter amazement, it found the tortoise dozing comfortably at the goal, after the fatigue of the race.
Moral: ‘Slow and steady wins the race’