honey catches more flies than vinegar

Soft or ingratiating words achieve more than sharpness. cf. St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) in L. de la Rivière Vie de..François de Sales (1624) 584: souvenez-vous que l’on prends plus de mouches avec une cuillerée de miel qu’avec cent barils de vinaigre (remember that one catches more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar).

1666 G. TORRIANO Italian Proverbs 149 Honey gets more flyes to it, than doth viniger.

1744 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (Mar.) Tart Words make no Friends: spoonful of honey will catch more flies than Gallon of Vinegar.

1955 W. C. MACDONALD Destination Danger X. I..know the old saying relative to honey catching more flies than vinegar... If this is an act, you might as well save your breath.

1996 Washington Post 25 Oct. B4 Ask his advice frequently, and thank him profusely for his wisdom and guidance. Remember that old adage ‘You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.’


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