One day, a hungry fox came across a vineyard filled with ripe and juicy grapes hanging high on a vine. The grapes looked incredibly delicious, and the fox wanted to eat them. However, the grapes were just out of reach, and no matter how hard the fox jumped, it couldn’t reach them.
After many attempts, the fox became frustrated and finally gave up. As the fox walked away from the vineyard, it muttered to itself, “Those grapes are probably sour anyway. I didn’t want them.”
The moral of the fable is often stated as “Sour grapes,” which means that when people are unable to attain something they desire, they often downplay its value and convince themselves that they never wanted it in the first place. This fable is a cautionary tale against sour grapes behavior, teaching us not to devalue what we cannot have or achieve simply because it is out of reach.
This story has been retold and referenced in various forms throughout history and has become a popular idiom in many languages to describe the behavior of disparaging something one desires but cannot obtain.