7 Short Stories in English for Students (New 2022)

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Friends, today we have brought the Best English Short stories for Students. A lot of Education is hidden in these short stories as well as fun. These English stories are inspiration boosters for Students, they can learn a lot from these.

The short stories we have shared here. These are inspiring stories, but good moral is hidden behind these short stories. Which we must implement in our life.

Short Stories In English for Students

1. Education and its appliance

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The scientist and an ordinary man went on a camping trip, set up their tent and fell asleep. A few hours later, the ordinary man woke up his friend: 'Look at the sky and tell me what you see?' Scientist answers: 'I see a million stars' The layman asks 'What does this tell you?'

The PhD guy thinks for a minute: 'Astronomically speaking, this tells me they have millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that the devil is in Leo.

As of time, it appears to be around 03:15. Religiously, it is clear that God is omnipotent and we are small and insignificant. Weather colleague, it looks like we'll have a great day tomorrow. What does this tell you?

The ordinary man falls silent for a moment and says: 'Practically... it tells me that...' the tent has been stolen!!'

Be educated in the right way and apply it where its applicable.

2. Appreciation of Hard Work 

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One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, Never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” The youth answered “none”.

The director asked,  “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees”.

The director asked,  “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect”.

The director asked,  “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me”.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning”.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid. The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. 

It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future. 

After finishing the cleaning of his mother’s hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother. That night, mother and son talked for a very long time. Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked:  “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?” The youth answered,  “I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes”.

The Director asked,  “please tell me your feelings”. The youth said, “Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship”.

The director said,  “This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired”. Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

3. Mercury and the Woodcutter

Once there was a woodcutter. He lived near a forest. He earned his living by cutting wood from the jungle and selling it in the market.

One day he was cutting down a tree on the bank of the river. While he was cutting it, his axe fell into the river and was lost.

He tried his best to search it but in vain. He was very poor and was not in a position to purchase another. So he began to weep and cry at the loss of it.

Mercury, the God of the river, heard his cry and appeared before him. He asked him why he was weeping. The woodcutter told him that he had only one axe with which he used to cut wood and earn his living. As the axe had fallen into the river, so was he weeping.

The god at once jumped into the water and came out with a golden axe. The woodcutter refused to take it. Then again he dived into the water. This time he brought out a silver axe. Again, the woodcutter said that it was not his. His axe was an ordinary one made of iron.

Mercury dived into the water the third time and appeared with an iron axe. 'That is my axe,' shouted the woodcutter out of joy. The god was very pleased with him for his honesty and gave him all the three axes. The woodcutter was overjoyed and went home thanking the god.


Honesty is the best policy.

4. Importance of Having Friends

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Once upon a time, a lonely hawk lived on a tree by the riverside. He was young and handsome but he had no friends.

One day, he saw a beautiful she-hawk sitting on a tree and wanted to marry her but the she-hawk refused to marry him, as he had no friends.

'Will you marry me if I make three friends?' he asked. She said that she definitely would.

The hawk then went looking for friends. While flying on the other bank of the river, he saw a huge tortoise. The hawk flew down to him and said, 'Dear tortoise, will you be my friend and help me in my hour of need?' The tortoise agreed to become his friend and said, 'Call me whenever you need me and I shall come to your side.'

The hawk also promised him his help at any time and then flew in search of the second friend. Soon, he came upon an osprey. The hawk went to it and asked her if she would be his friend and help him in time of his need. The osprey very gladly accepted his friendship and offered her help whenever he needed it.

The hawk was glad that he had made two friends. He went on searching for a third friend. He flew over the jungle and saw a tiger. Fearless as he was, he went near the tiger and requested him to be his friend. The tiger readily accepted his friendship and said, 'From now onwards, I am your friend. Nobody will harm you. If anyone tries to harm you, call me and I will be there to help you.'

The hawk was very happy. He thanked the tiger, flew back to the she-hawk and said, 'I have made three friends, a tortoise, an osprey and a tiger. Will you marry me now?

The she-hawk agreed to marry him. Soon, their marriage took place. The three friends attended the hawk marriage.

After some-months, she-hawk gave birth to two baby hawks. The parent hawks were very happy to have cute little babies. They lived happily in their nest.

One day, two hunters came and sat under that tree. They were tired and hungry. They had not been able to hunt any animal. They decided to catch some fish. But, they couldn't catch even a single fish.

It was getting dark and the hunters decided to spend the night under that tree. To keep themselves warm, they lit a fire. The fire soared high. The hawk-babies on the tree could not bear the heat and the smoke coming out of the fire. They started crying. The Hunters heard their cries. One of them said, 'There are birds on this tree. Let us catch them. We shall roast them on the fire and eat them.' The other one agreed.

The hawks heard them and were really worried about the safety of their babies. The she-hawk suggested that they seek help from their friends. The hawk went to the osprey and told her his problem. The osprey said, 'Go home and protect your babies. I shall tackle with the hunters.'

The osprey dived into the river and then flew over the fire. The water from her wet feathers fell on the fire. She repeatedly dived into the river and flew over the fire. The water from her feathers put off the fire.

The hunters decided to light the fire again; however, as soon as they lit the fire, again the osprey put it off.

In the meantime, the hawk went to get help from the tortoise. When the tortoise heard about the hawk problem, he said to him, 'Do not worry dear friend, I will be there in no time and tackle the hunters in my own way. Go and protect your family.'

The hawk flew to the tree and the tortoise reached the tree. He went quite close to where the hunters were sitting and trying to light the fire again. The hunters saw the tortoise and one of them said, 'Look there is a huge tortoise. Let forget about the hawks and catch this tortoise.'

The other hunter agreed and said, 'Let tear our shirts and make a rope. We shall tie its one end to the tortoise and other to our waists. Then we will pull the tortoise with all our strength.' The other hunter liked the idea. Soon, they make a rope out of their shirts. They tied one end of the rope to the tortoise legs. Then, trying the other end to their waist, they could not pull the tortoise. The tortoise strength was much greater than the two hunters were together.

The tortoise pulled the two men into the water. Once, inside the water, it was very easy for the tortoise to drag them. With great efforts, they cut the rope that was tied to their waist and swam back to the bank. They were now feeling very cold. They had lost their shirts. They thought of making a fire again.

Seeing them collecting leaves and twigs, the hawk was worried again. He flew to the forest and called his third friend, the tiger. He found the tiger at the edge of the forest. When the tiger heard the hawk problem, he immediately rushed towards the riverbank.

The hunter had now lighted the fire and one of them was preparing to climb the tree to get the hawk babies. Just then, the tiger reached the tree. Seeing the tiger, the hunters ran from there and never came back again.

The hawk thanked all his three friends for their kind and timely help. He also realized that it is very important to have at least a few friends. The female-hawk was very wise in advising the hawk to make friends before marrying him.

5. How much do you earn ?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'

DAD: 'Yeah sure, what is it?' replied the man.

SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'If you must know, I make $40 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $20?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room.The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $20 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.' Are you asleep, son?' He asked.

'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy. 'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. Here's the $20 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. 'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Daddy, I have $40 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.
A reminder to all of us working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

6. Self Appraisal

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A little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number.
The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:

Boy : 'Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?

Woman : (at the other end of the phone line) 'I already have someone to cut my lawn.'

Boy : 'Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.'

Woman : I'm very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.

Boy : (with more perseverance) 'Lady, I'll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free.

Woman : No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner : 'Son... I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.'

Boy : 'No thanks,

Store Owner : But you were really pleading for one.

Boy : No Sir, I was just checking my performance at

the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!' *

This is called self Appraisal. Give your best and the world comes to you!!!

7. “when you can do something do it”

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Once there was a rich man living in a billion are house as he was coming out of his home he saw a beggar girl she asked for some money but the man replied “go away filthy I don’t have time for you”the girl sadly walked away

Since that day the girl used to come everyday the man once had enough and said “why are you coming here everyday” the girl replied “I never asked you to give alot I just wanted a penny” but the man’s greed took over and he said “just go away and go get a job” hearing that the girl replied “‘I don’t have money for a job” The man just ignored the girl and walked away .

It came to an end the man’s wealth went down and it became good for the girl she became rich with her family and really the man realized an important lesson which is

when you can do something do it

English Short Stories for Students
  1. Appreciation of Hard Work
  2. Education and its appliance
  3. Mercury and the Woodcutter
  4. Importance of Having Friends
  5. How much do you earn ?
  6. Self appraisal
  7. “when you can do something do it”

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