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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Anvil, Hammer
A good anvil does not fear the hammer.  Italian.  1
If the hammer strikes hard the anvil lasts the longer.  2
If thou art an anvil then suffer: if a hammer, then strike.  Romanian.  3
If you are an anvil be patient; if you are a hammer strike hard.  German.  4
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.  French.  5
One must be either anvil or hammer.  6
Some men are born anvils, some are born hammers.  7
The anvil lasts longer than the hammer.  Italian.  8
When you are an anvil bear, when you are a hammer strike.  Spanish.  9

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