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BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 12 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j169

The Tortoise And The Hare

Aesop's fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare contrasts the slow, steady, sure progress of the tortoise with the rapid, erratic, ruinous non-progress of the hare. The tortoise symbolizes humility and success, but the hare symbolizes grandiosity and failure. With counterintuition and bountiful cognition, Aesop teaches us to slow down, calm down, check our assumptions, and shed our presumptions.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 January 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA