This is the name of one of a series of short fable
s by G.E.Lessing
. I have entered it in the original German as Der Sperling und der Strauß
. An (approximate!) English translation is below.
"Be as proud as you wish of your size, and of your strength," said the Sparrow to the Ostrich; "I am still more of a bird than you. For you cannot fly; I fly, though not high, though only by fits and starts."