Once in the forest near the great pond lived Hare and Tortoise. The Hare was very lazy and would always boast of his speed before the other animals. He would generaly reach late to the Jungle meetings for his lazyness and the Tortoise would request him to come on time.
One day the Tortoise was late to reach to the meeting and the Hare insulted him. The Hare said, “You creapy fellow, if you have it in you race with me.”
The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”
The Hare was not expacting that. To make fun of the Tortoise, the Hare said, “That is a good joke, I could dance round you all the way.”
“Keep your boasting till you’ve won,” 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 the Tortoise said: “Slow but steady progress wins the race.”