Story: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

One day a stag was thirsty. He went to drink water in a pool. While drinking water he saw his reflection in the water. He was very charmed to see his horns. He thought, “Allah is very kind. He gave me such a pair of beautiful horns.” He praised them much. He felt proud of them. Then his sight went to his legs. He became upset to see his legs as they were thin and ugly. Then he scolded Allah for giving him such legs and went away from there.

After a few moments, a hunter came up in the jungle. All the animals started running to save their lives. The stag could not understand what would be happening. He found that all the animals started running to save their lives as soon as they saw the hunter coming towards them. When he realized, it was too late to escape. He was frightened to see the hunter coming. In order to save his life, he started running. His ugly legs helped him to run fast. He was trying to run as fast as he could. Unfortunately, his horns got entangled with the creepers in the bushes. He had nothing to do.

All of a sudden, he fell down and was wounded and could not get up. Then the hunter came close to the stag and killed him. Had the stag, not the horns, he might not have been killed.

Moral of the story: ‘All that glitters is not gold.’


Here is the story with a moral lesson all that glitters is not gold. This is the story of a foolish stag.

A Foolish Stag

Once, a stag lived in a jungle. He used to drink clear water from a nearby stream. Whenever he saw his reflection in the water, he praised his beautiful horns. He felt proud of his horns. When he looked at his thin ugly legs, he disliked them. He thought that his legs were a shame for him.

One day as he was drinking water and feeling sorrow for having ugly legs, he saw a pack of hounds running towards him at a short distance. He ran away. The hounds kept on chasing him. He ran as fast as his legs could. Soon he left the hounds far behind.

He was crossing the bushes when suddenly his horns were trapped in a bush. He tried his best to release himself but he could not. His beautiful horns would not let him move. Meanwhile, the hounds reached there and they attacked him. They tore him into pieces.

His thin ugly legs which he did not like helped him rescue his life but his favorite horns became the cause of his death.

Moral Lessons:

  • All that glitters is not gold
  • Appearances are often deceptive
  • Pride hath a fall