Wisdom Always Pays
A long, long time ago, the city of Thebes was guarded by a sphinx, a creature with the head of a woman, the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle.
She asked the same riddle to every passer-by, and when they could not answer, she consumed them.
‘What being,’ the sphinx asked Oedipus, when he came upon her, ‘has four legs in the morning, two at midday and three in the evening?
‘Man,’ answered Oedipus. ‘As a child, he crawls on all fours; in his prime, he walks on two legs, and when he is old, he leans on a stick.’
Wiser always solved the problem wisely.