Meaning of He who hears sycophants never expect another award
What is it Who hears sycophants never expect another award:
"He who hears sycophants, never expect another prize" is a moral that warns of the consequences of trusting those who approach us with flattery and flattery, but who, in reality, have dark intentions.
The phrase, as such, comes from the fable “Zorro y el Cuervo” by Félix María Samaniego, and is based on a fable by Aesop.
It has come to be adopted as a saying that teaches us to distrust flattery, especially those that are said in an exaggerated way to please the spirit of the person, showing that those who approach us in this way may have hidden intentions.
In this sense, the saying reminds us that we cannot get carried away by words or superficial satisfactions, but that we have to be aware that they could be trying to take away something that we have conquered with merit.
Hence, it also has an underlying teaching: that you must work to get what you want, and you must not renounce the fruits of your effort to satisfy others who have not worked to deserve them. In short, he advises: when they flatter you is when you should take care of what you have the most.
Fable of the Fox and the Raven
The fable of “El Zorro y el Cuervo” is the authorship of Félix María Samaniego, although it is based on a fable by Aesop. This story is used primarily for instructional purposes, to warn children of obscure or unknown intentions that may be hiding behind flattery, as well as to awaken a certain instinct of protection from those who act in this way. The fable goes like this:
«On the branch of a tree, very proud and happy, with a cheese in his beak, was Mr. Raven.
»From the smell attracted a very master Fox, he said these words to him, or more or less:
"" Have a good morning, Mr. Raven, my owner; go that you are donoso, cute, cute in the extreme; I do not spend flattery, and I say what I feel; that if your beautiful trace corresponds to the twittering, together with the goddess Ceres, witnessing the sky, that you will be the Phoenix of its vast empires.
"Hearing such a sweet and flattering speech, of vanity carried away, the raven wanted to sing. It opened its black beak, dropped the cheese; the very clever fox, after having imprisoned him, said to him:
"" Senor fool, then, without other food you are left with praises so bloated and full, digest the flattery while I eat the cheese.
"Whoever hears sycophants, never expect another prize."
See also The courteous does not take away the brave.