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Fable Aesop
The Boy And The Nettles
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A Boy was stung by a Nettle. He ran home and told his Mother,
saying, "Although it hurts me very much, I only touched it gently."
"That was just why it stung you," said his Mother. "The next time
you touch a Nettle, grasp it boldly, and it will be soft as silk to
your hand, and not in the least hurt you."

Whatever you do, do with all your might.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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