The 10 Best Short Moral Stories With Valuable Lessons

If you could give people a lesson in a sentence, what would it be? Maybe a lesson in life like this one.

This list is for short stories which have a simple moral and a moral that is understandable for every one. Enjoy.

The 10 Best Short Moral Stories

This is where the beauty arises from. This is the true beauty that has remained in the stories as they evolved over the years to become the amazing thing they are today.

Inequality is bad for society. It harms the poor. It makes the rich richer. Poor people are less likely to have children. It leads to an increase in crime. It’s also bad for the poor mentally. It leads to a decline in economic output. It makes people lazy. It increases the chances of poverty and suicide.

1. An Old Man Lived in the Village

An old man lived in the village. He was one of the most unhappy and miserable people in the world. The whole village was tired of him; he was always gloomy, he constantly complained, and was always in a bad mood.

His misfortune was like a dark cloud that was spreading over the city, turning everything ugly, turning people into enemies, turning them into rivals, turning those who were happy next to him into enemies.

(1) he created a lot of unhappiness in others.

The next day the birthday celebrations were over and all of them were shocked to find out that what they thought was a real news was in fact a joke.

“You might have noticed that, especially if you’re of a certain age, as I am, your smile can sometimes be a little flat or even disappear like a mirage.

It’s the same with a relationship.

Can you identify the people in the picture?
In response, the farmer said: It is me and my sons.

Villager: I’m trying to build houses for my village.

Happy is the man who lives without regrets;

Happy is the man who is content with his present state;

Happy is the man who is satisfied with everything that surrounds him

Happy is the man who does not try to acquire things he does not yet have;

Happy is the man who does not grieve over the past;

Happy is the man who does not worry about the future.

Moral of the story:

I just have to enjoy my life. I have money, I have health, I have a beautiful house to live in, I have a job. So it’s not that you shouldn’t chase happiness, but that you should live your life and enjoy it.

2. The Wise Man

People go to the wise man every day complaining about the same things. One day he tells them a funny joke and everyone laughs.

This man was very good at making people laugh. He kept on telling the same joke to different people. They all laughed and after a few minutes, they were laughing hard.

When someone told him a joke for the third time he said it didn’t seem worth telling twice anymore.

You must find what you seek, and see that it really exists.

Your emotions are not rational. The rational response to your emotional response is reason. Reason is the master of emotion, but emotions are the ultimate decision-maker.

Moral of the story:

I’m telling you that worrying won’t solve your problems. It will just waste your time and energy.

3. The Foolish Donkey

You can say that this person was too lazy to do his own business.

One of the donkeys started to play the same trick everyday.

He put a bag of salt on a donkey and thought it will not eat it. The next day he went to the donkey and asked it to lick the salt off the bag.

The cotton bag weighed less than 50 grams and that is definitely a light object.

In the same way, he who is not careful to watch his thoughts will be burdened with great trouble, because his thoughts are his masters.

Moral of the story:

But you can make use of it to make your own luck.

4. Having A Best Friend

A story shows that two friends were walking through the desert and they had an argument. Then one of them slapped the other one.

The one who got slapped just wrote in the sand, but nothing was said.

“Today, my friend slapped me in the face”


In the first version, there is an extra comma. You are missing the point after “In” at the end of the sentence. The last sentence has nothing to do with the rest of the paragraph, so it should be placed after “today”.

They went on until they came across a pool, a cave and a river. The one who had been slapped stepped into the pool and he began to swim back home. In the end, the friend saved him.

“In a way, I’m like my best friend.

The friend who slapped and saved his best friend asked to him;
[Original>: In a fit of anger, friend slapped his best friend. His friend was not hurt.
[Paraphrase>: In a fit of anger, friend slapped his best friend. His friend was not hurt.

I’ve been trying to write on a stone for the last 3 months.

Hey man, it happens! I feel the same way.

I would really like to learn how to write in sand and stone (specially in sandstone), but unfortunately, I’m too lazy (and too stupid) to learn that.

Moral of the story: 

Don’t take the things you have for granted. But treasure who you have in your life.

5. The Four Smart Students

One of these students planned a day before the test was to be given. In the morning one of them planned to ask the others to go to the test with him. So that the test would be cancelled.

They were dirtier than they were supposed to be, they did not clean themselves.

Then the Dean asked them if their car was new or used and they told him that it was pretty new and they tried to explain the reasons why they couldn’t be tested.

The Dean of the school said it will be done after three days. He also asked me to pass his thanks to Mr. X.

As the Dean explained the situation to them, it was all a part of the Special Condition Test the Dean had decided to do that week. All the students were required to sit in separate classrooms and take the test alone.

1. What is the meaning of “inverse” of the word “symmetric” in the statement “every symmetric matrix has an inverse symmetric matrix”.

____________ (99 Points) options is(are) (a) Front Left, ____________; (b) Front Right, ____________; (c) Back Left; _____________.

Moral of the story:

You may want to take responsibility, or else I will teach you a lesson.

6. The Greedy Lion

The lion was very hungry, so it was really hot outside, and he was feeling bad.

The lion caught the small antelope with a moment of hesitation. “This antelope isn’t enough for my hunger” thought the lion.

The lion thought that the deer was a nice meal for his hungry mind. Then he pursued the deer. So the deer ran.

I’m going to eat the small deer and you eat the big deer.

A young man let a hare go and went behind the deer. But the deer had vanished into the forest. The lion now felt sorry for letting the hare off.

Moral of the story:

You are better off getting a problem fixed than having a problem for the rest of your life.

7. Two Friends & The Bear

The two friends met a bear and tried to run away. But the bear chased them. They were afraid, the bear was going to hurt them.

Raju and Vijay didn’t know how to climb the tree, so they thought about the other way to climb the tree. They decided to climb with the help of the rope of the tree.

Vijay thought for a second. He’d heard animals don’t prefer dead bodies. So, he fell to the ground and held his breath. The bear sniffed him and thought he was dead. So, it went on its way.

In “The Lost Island”, a story where the protagonists learn the tale about the origin of the Muppets, the story is mentioned only as a legend the Muppets’ elders tell, not a true story, much to the chagrin of Miss Piggy.

I don’t think it’s really necessary to keep using that terminology.

I heard the bear say that we didn’t pay and we had more than enough.

At this point, Vijay asked: “Why are you avoiding me? Why are you not doing this again?” …and went on his way.

Moral of the story:

I was in a bind.
I need to leave in a few hours. I had to decide then & there.
What should I do?
Just leave everything & go like that?
I thought about it for a few moments.

8. The Struggles of Our Life

Once upon a time an employee of one company complained to the CEO that his life was miserable and he didn’t know how he was going to make it.

This time it was not as a result of her husband’s business, it was just a simple case of getting too old to fight.

Her father, a chef, filled three pots with water and put each of them on an open fire.

He was not able to say what he was thinking, as he had been holding it in for so long. Because of this, he was not able to say anything to her. He was only able to make the gesture of pouring her a cup of coffee.

The daughter thought that her father was being overly-paranoid when he used the kitchen appliances, so she wasn’t really worried. But now, after he turned all the burners off, he got up to leave.

He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

In the second edition, the subject-auxiliary inversion is marked with the apostrophe (‘).

He wanted to know what she saw, just like she wanted to know what he was going to say.

I guess this would be our diet for the next two weeks.

“The potatoes are soft. They are new potatoes. They should be like this. But they are soft.”

For the other sentences, I would say paraphrase the last part. (But not the first and second, since the second part is paraphrased in the other two sentences.)

“Where exactly do these potatoes come from?” he asked.

He then asked her to take a hard-boiled egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the white of the egg.

Finally, he asked her to take a sip of his coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“When I tell you that you can have a husband, what does that mean?” she asked her father.

In response, the duck went in with a strong and determined attitude, but in the process, the duck’s feathers were removed, causing it to become naked. He then explained that the rice had just become soft and weak.

The egg was fragile. Its thin outer layer helped secure its liquid interior until it was dropped into boiling water. Then the inside became hard.

The coffee beans were different from the ground coffee beans because they were exposed to boiling water.

He asked his daughter which were her parents.

The last sentence means that the person responded with a sense of purpose to adversity.

Moral of the story: 

In life, things happen around us, we are hit by challenges, we lose loved ones and people that we truly care about but it’s how we deal with these and how we embrace it and learn form these that matters the most. Life is all about learning and letting people know how good you are about turning a bad situation into something that will benefit you in the long run.

9. The Fox & The Grapes

I really enjoy this kind of thing, even though I often think that it’s too short. I am interested in learning more.


I think, you want “the” in front of the word “story”.

He thought he needed it to quench his thirst.

The fox took a few steps back, it tried to catch the grapes, but it was too small for the fox to manage. Again it took a few paces back and tried to catch the grapes but still couldn’t.

Moral of the story: 

The people on the street were all too willing to side with the government.

10. The Lion & The Poor Slave

My father wanted me to work for a master who mistreated me. But, I said, “I will never work for such a fellow!” So, I ran away to the forest. There I came across a lion in pain because of a thorn in his paw. Since I was really kind, I removed the thorn gently.

The lion leaves after no harm is done.

A few days later, his master came hunting to the forest and caught many animals and put them in cages and tied the slave to a tree to bring him to him. It was when the slave was spotted, a group of slaves caught him and brought him to the cruel master.

The master tells the slaves to bring the lion into the barn.

The slave rescued the lion, and all the other animals in the cage.
Now the slave was in a difficult situation, but he kept his calm and had already begun to consider what he should do.

Moral of the story: 

Because one helps others in need, one can receive reward from God for sure.


The 10 best short moral stories include The Monkey’s Paw, The Little Match Girl, The Story of an Hour, The Cask of Amontillado, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Lottery, The Telltale Heart, The Turn of the Screw, A Christmas Carol, and The Trolley Problem.

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