E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He hath need of a long spoon that
eateth with the devil. Shakespeare alludes to this proverb in the Comedy of Errors, iv. 3; and again in the Tempest, ii. 2, where Stephano says: Mercy! mercy! this is a devil I will leave him, I have no long spoon.