Hercules And The Wagoner
A carter was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels
sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, stupefied and aghast,
stood looking at the wagon, and did nothing but utter loud cries to
Hercules to come and help him. Hercules, it is said, appeared and
thus addressed him: "Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man. Goad
on your bullocks, and never more pray to me for help, until you have
done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will henceforth
pray in vain."
Self-help is the best help.