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20 Things I Learned from Folktales

By Aaron Shepard

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  1. Most things come in threes.

  2. Change comes, no matter how high your tower.

  3. Kindness to strangers or animals can bring unexpected rewards.

  4. Smart wins out over big.

  5. Ogres just beg to be tricked.

  6. The wise are not always welcome.

  7. The last is seldom the least.

  8. No one is too small to help you.

  9. Boasting is never rewarded.

  10. A princess may be a demon, a beggar may be a saint.

  11. A frog may be one kiss away from a crown.

  12. When you’re under a spell, even filth is tasty.

  13. Don’t eat anyone’s house without permission.

  14. No one gets ahead by seeking pleasure.

  15. The easy path won’t always take you there.

  16. It’s hard to be rich and good.

  17. It never pays to be the villain.

  18. Anything’s magic if you don’t know how it’s done.

  19. Even straw can turn to gold if you have the knack.

  20. The treasure lies under the dragon.

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