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Bears are caught by Honey

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In French, “Il faut avoir mauvaise bête par douceur,” for, as La Fontaine says, “Plus fait douceur que violence.” Bears are very fond of honey. Bribes win even bears.

⁂ There is another phrase: Divide honey with a bear, i.e. It is better to divide your honey with a bear than to provoke its anger.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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