THERE was once a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer’s day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but — whack — his palm came on his head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said:
“You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies.”
Phædrus, iv. 31. Probably Indian, from the Makasa Jātaka, in which a foolish son takes up an axe to kill a fly which is worrying his father's bald pate, but naturally misses the fly.
Bald Man and the Fly, The
Fables of Aesop, The
Aesop & Jacobs, Joseph
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