Parable Quotes and Stories


    What are your favorite parable quotes?


    Definition from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/parable

    1. A short moral story allegory, apologue, fable story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events;

    2. (New Testament) any of the stories told by Jesus to convey his religious message; "the parable of the prodigal son" story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events.


    Parable quotes

    "All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable." - Paul Claudel

    "Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message." - Malcolm Muggeridge

    Famous Zen Parable Quotes- A Zen Koan

    Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, "The flag moves." The other said, "The wind moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree. Hui-neng, the sixth Patriarch, said: "Gentlemen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that moves. It is your mind that moves." The two monks were struck with awe.

    From Buddhism

    Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.

    TIP: Use quotes to end or start a lesson.


    Parable Examples


    Many authors write their stories with political or spiritual meanings underneath their characters. The like of,Salman Rushdie's, Haroun and the Sea of Stories or the earlier works of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz have made a global impact on children and adults alike around the world.


    Wizard of Oz Parable

    Moby Dick Parable


    Other Great Parable Stories

    Parable: A Zen Story

    Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. "Come on, girl," said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. The second monk did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We monks don't go near females," he said. "It is dangerous. Why did you do that?" "I left the girl there,: the first monk said. "Are you still carrying her?"

    Parables from the Bible

    • Parable of ten virgins: Matthew 25: 1-13
    • Parable of vineyard workers Matthew 20: 1-16
    • Parable of mustard seed Matthew 13: 31-32

    Parable of the Samaritan.

    There are many popular parables from the Old and New testament. Such as Jesus 'Parable of Wheat & Tares' from Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43. There are many interpretations of the various parable stories told in the Bible.

    One of the most famous parable stories is the Good Samaritan parable. Many people teach this story across cultures.

    Parable: Good Samaritan

    Luke 10: 30-37

    A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? ...Go and do thou likewise.

    Good Samaritan parable quotes

    “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Parable quotes and stories can be used during any facilitation process. It is a simple way to communicate a concept or value. Consider using parables with 'change object lessons'. It adds an experiential dimension.

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