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

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you will 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'll 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 will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
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