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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bears are caught by Honey.
 
In French, “Il faut avoir mauvaise bête par douceur,” for, as La Fontaine says, “Plus fait douceur que violence.” Bears are very fond of honey. Bribes win even bears.   1
        There is another phrase: Divide honey with a bear, i.e. It is better to divide your honey with a bear than to provoke its anger.
 


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