the same fire that melts the butter hardens the egg

People react in different ways to the same experience. Earlier in other variants; cf. 1623 BACON History of Life and Death (online ed.) In one and the same fire, clay grows hard and wax melts.

1952 J. F. BENDER Make Your Business Letters Make Friends 220 An approach that works in one instance may kill a sale in another. Remember the fire that hardens the egg softens the butter.

1995 D. T. LYKKEN Antisocial Personalities 81 The first day in school or a first roller-coaster ride will be a pleasurable excitement for some children..but a terrifying and destructive experience for other children;..the same fire that melts the butter hardens the egg.

2000 D. DE ARMAS WILSON Cervantes, Novel, and New World 131 The same fire that melts the butter hardens the egg. The same books that craze Don Quixote lead Dorotea..out of a wilderness of seductions and betrayal.


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