- Year Published: 1867
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: Greece
- Source: Aesop (1867) Aesop's Fables
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 4.0
- Word Count: 84
Aesop, . (1867). “The Bald Man and the Fly”. Aesop's Fables (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 12, 2013, from
Aesop, . "“The Bald Man and the Fly”." Aesop's Fables. Lit2Go Edition. 1867. Web. <>. December 12, 2013.
Aesop, "“The Bald Man and the Fly”," Aesop's Fables, Lit2Go Edition, (1867), accessed December 12, 2013,.
There was once a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer’s day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but—whack—his palm came on his head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said:
“You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies.”