Story No. 120 – The father and his sons
A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among
themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he
determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for
this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks.
When they had done so, he placed the faggot into
the hands of each of them in succession, and
ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with
all their strength, and were not able to do it. He
next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and
again put them into his sons’ hands, upon which they broke them
He then addressed them in these words: “My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each
other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are
divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.”
In Union there is strength. Divided we fall; United we stand.