The Violet and the Lily (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
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During springtime some lauded the beauty of the violet. The violet, thinking these thoughtlessly said things were true, sent an emissary to the lily to make an attachment with it due to the similarity of opinions [about them], for the praisers had also said that [the violet] resembled the lily. [The lily] said in response: "Although you are adorned with bloom now, I am still dried up and concealed. Excuse me until I do blossom." Acquiescing to [the lily], after not a few days the violet had wilted and dried up. And when the lily blossomed, the violet had disappeared entirely.
This fable clearly shows that human glory is a vain thing, although lauded by fools. The weak-minded think they have permanent glory like the saints and thereby they believe that they share in the saints' glory, and taught by choice words they are now not manifest to their glory. But should we mortals last until their glory blossoms forth, there would be an association together. However when they become bright, all of us earthlings grow dim and are reproached for being vain.