There were Gods who according to an ancient
legend, made a choice of certain trees to be
under their special protection.
Jupiter chose the oak, Venus the myrtle, Apollo
the laurel, Cybil the pine, and Hercules the
Minerva, wondering why they had chosen the
trees that does not yield any fruit, inquired
the reason for their choice.
Jupiter replied, "It is lest we should seem to
covet the honor for the fruit."
But said Minerva, "Let anyone say what he will
the olive is more dear to me on account of its
Then said Jupiter, "My daughter, you are rightly
called wise; for unless what we do is useful,
the glory of it is vain."