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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
He that handles a nettle tenderly is soonest stung.  1
It is better to be stung by a nettle than pricked by a rose.  2
Tender handed stroke a nettle and it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains.
Though you stroke the nettle ever so kindly, yet it will sting you.  4

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