|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|