catch more flies with honey than vinegar, one can

you (can) catch more flies with honey than (with) vinegar

proverb You are more likely to get the results you want from other people if you treat them with kindness or flattery, rather than being aggressive, demanding, or caustic. I think the kids would visit you more if you were nicer to them. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, you know. A: "Half my team just told me they are quitting!" B: "Well, maybe they wouldn't leave if you didn't scream at them every time something went wrong. After all, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
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catch more flies with honey than vinegar, one can

One can accomplish more by being nice than by being nasty. A version of this term appears in Cervantes’s Don Quixote (“Make yourself into honey and the flies will devour you”), and a more precise version appears about 100 years later, in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia: “More Flies are taken with a Drop of Honey than a Tun of Vinegar.” It is a proverb in most European languages.
See also: can, catch, flies, honey, more, one
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