10 Inspiring Moral Stories For Adults  

We all need a little inspiration every now and then, and what better way to get inspired than by reading a few moral stories? These 10 stories are sure to warm your heart and remind you of the importance of being good to others. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these inspiring tales!

Moral Stories For Adults

Moral Stories In English For Adults

1. The Ant and the Grasshopper

One summer day, a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to his heart’s content. He stopped to rest in the shade of a tree and saw an ant busily collecting food for the winter.

“Why are you working so hard?” asked the grasshopper. “You should be enjoying yourself like me!”

“I’m gathering food for the winter,” replied the ant. “We’ll need it to survive when the cold weather comes.”

” Winter is a long way off,” said the grasshopper. “And besides, I don’t think it’s going to be cold at all.”

But the ant just kept on working and paid no attention to the grasshopper’s words.

Sure enough, when winter came, the grasshopper found himself cold and hungry. He had no food to eat and was forced to beg the ant for help.

“If you had worked hard like me,” scolded the ant, “you would have enough food to last the winter.”

Moral of the story: It’s important to work hard and prepare for the future.

2. The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A boy who tended a flock of sheep in a field near his village liked to play tricks on the villagers. Every day he would run into the village, shouting, “The wolf is coming! The wolf is coming!” The villagers would drop what they were doing and run to the field to help the boy drive the wolf away.

One day, when the boy was playing his usual trick, a wolf really did appear! The boy ran into the village, shouting as loud as he could, “The wolf is coming! The wolf is coming!” But this time, no one believed him. They thought he was just trying to trick them again.

As the wolf made its way into the village, the boy ran to a nearby house and hid under the bed. The wolf went into the house, devoured the boy’s flock of sheep, and then left. The boy learned his lesson too late.

Moral of the story: Don’t cry wolf unless you really mean it.

3. The Lion and the Mouse

One day, a lion was lying asleep in the forest when a little mouse ran up and began to play around his face. This tickled the lion awake, and he grabbed the mouse in his ferocious mouth.

“Spare me!” cried the mouse. “And one day I will repay you for your kindness.”

The lion laughed at the idea that such a tiny creature could ever help him, but he was in a good mood and so he let the mouse go.

Sure enough, some months later, the lion found himself trapped in a hunter’s net. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t break free. He lay there helpless, until the little mouse happened to pass by.

“Help me!” cried the lion. “And I will never forget your kindness.”

The mouse gnawed at the ropes until the lion was free.

Moral of the story: Never underestimate the power of even the smallest creature.

4. The Tortoise and the Hare

One day, a hare was making fun of a tortoise for being so slow. “There’s no way you can beat me in a race!” he boasted.

“We’ll see about that,” replied the tortoise. “I challenge you to a race!”

The hare was so confident that he agreed to the challenge.

The race began, and the hare raced off as fast as he could. He soon left the tortoise far behind and decided to take a nap in the shade of a tree. When he woke up, he was shocked to see the tortoise slowly but steadily making his way towards the finish line. The hare realized too late that he had underestimated his opponent and lost the race.

Moral of the story: Slow and steady wins the race.

5. The Fox and the Crow

One day, a fox saw a crow high up in a tree, holding a piece of cheese in its beak. The fox wanted the cheese, so he came up with a plan.

“What a beautiful voice you have!” he called up to the crow. “I bet your singing is even more beautiful than your appearance.”

The crow was flattered and began to sing. As it sang, the cheese fell from its beak and into the fox’s mouth.

Moral of the story: Flattery will get you nowhere.

6. A Thief and the Woodcutter

One day, a thief snuck into a woodcutter’s house to steal his money. The woodcutter was asleep at the time, so the thief had no trouble taking the money and making his escape.

As he was running away, he dropped one of the coins. A passing beggar saw this and picked up the coin. The beggar then went to the woodcutter’s house and knocked on the door.

“I found this coin on the ground,” said the beggar. “I thought you might have dropped it.”

The woodcutter thanked him and gave him a meal for his honesty.

The thief, meanwhile, was caught by the police and taken to jail.

Moral of the story: Honesty is the best policy.

7. The Little Red Hen

One day, a little red hen found some grain on the ground. She decided to plant it. “Who will help me plant this grain?” she asked.

“Not I,” said the dog.

“Not I,” said the cat.

“Not I,” said the rat.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen.

She planted the grain, and it grew into a field of wheat. When it was time to harvest the wheat, she asked for help again.

“Not I,” said the dog.

“Not I,” said the cat.

“Not I,” said the rat.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen.

She harvested the wheat and took it to the mill to be ground into flour. Again, she asked for help.

“Not I,” said the dog.

“Not I,” said the cat.

“Not I,” said the rat.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen.

She baked some bread from the flour, and when it was done, she asked her friends if they wanted a piece.

“I’m too tired,” said the dog.

“I’m not hungry,” said the cat.

“I don’t like bread,” said the rat.

So the little red hen ate all of the bread herself.

Moral of the story: If you want something done, you have to do it yourself.

8. A Donkey and His Master

One day, a donkey fell down a well. His owner, a farmer, tried to rescue him but failed. The farmer then decided to fill in the well and forget about the donkey.

A passing traveler saw the farmer and asked him what he was doing. The farmer told him about the donkey.

“That’s terrible!” said the traveler. “Aren’t you going to do something to save him?”

“No,” said the farmer. “He’s already dead.”

The traveler couldn’t just leave the donkey there, so he decided to try to rescue him himself. He tied a rope around his waist and lowered himself into the well. After a few minutes, he emerged with the donkey.

The farmer was amazed. “How did you do that?” he asked.

“It’s easy,” said the traveler. “You just have to want to save him.”

Moral of the story: It’s easy to see the solution when you care about the problem.

9. Little Girl and Her Friend

A little girl was playing with her friend. The friend had a new toy, and the little girl wanted to play with it.

“Can I play with your toy?” she asked.

“No,” said the friend. “It’s mine.”

The little girl was sad, so she went to her mother and asked for a new toy.

“I’m sorry, honey,” said her mother. “We can’t afford it.”

The little girl was even sadder now. She went back to her friend and asked to play with the toy again.

“No,” said the friend. “I told you, it’s mine.”

The little girl went home and cried herself to sleep.

The next day, the little girl’s mother found a new toy for her. The little girl was so happy that she went to her friend’s house to show it to her.

“Can I play with your toy now?” she asked.

“No,” said the friend. “It’s still mine.”

Moral of the story: It’s more fun to give than to receive.

10. The Two Friends

Two friends were walking together when they came to a river. They needed to cross the river, but there was no bridge.

“I can’t swim,” said one friend. “How will we get across?”

“Don’t worry,” said the other friend. “I’ll carry you on my back.”

So the first friend climbed onto the second friend’s back, and they started to cross the river. Halfway across, the first friend saw a fish swimming downstream. He reached down and grabbed it.

“What are you doing?” asked the second friend.

“I’m going to eat this fish,” said the first friend.

“But we’re in the middle of the river!” said the second friend. “You’ll drown if you stop swimming!”

“Don’t worry,” said the first friend. “I can swim with one hand.”

Sure enough, he was able to swim with one hand and carry the fish in the other. They made it to the other side of the river safe and sound.

Moral of the story: It’s easy to help your friends when you’re not busy helping yourself.

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