The maxim has its origin in the fact that a young lion once strayed into a village and mixed with a flock of lambs. It lived ther for some days, and then when it was able to make sound peculiar to its own race or class, it did not perceive it in its proper element. Afterwards a lion from the forest came there and taught it what it was, whereupon it left the flock of the lambs and went to the forest to join the company of lions there. The maxim denotes that under the circumstances, one may for the time being in a position not to realise one’s true worth but at last when under instruction his eyes are opened he behaves in a manner true to his self and nature.