The Rooster and the Pearl : (A Fable of Aesop Retold by Barleycorn)
One day, a rooster was strutting in the barnyard when he spied a shiny object in a heap of straw.
He picked it up and said, “What is this?”
A swine replied, “It is a pearl. Throw it in the mud. It has no use.”
“Aye”, said the rooster throwing the pearl over his shoulder, ”I would rather have a single barleycorn than all the pearls in the world.”
To each his own.
Don’t leave your pearls among barnyard animals.
“He that’s industrious in an honest calling, shall never fail of a blessing. It is the part of a wise man to prefer things necessary before matters of curiosity, ornament, or pleasure.” (Townsend)
“If he asks bread, will ye give him a stone?” (Crane Poetry Visual)