Better Bend than Break

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“The tempest howls, the winds tremendous blow, / Whate’er bends not will surely be laid low: / Ofttimes ‘tis vain to stem the current tide, / And when it dashes on, then step aside; / Or meekly, reed-like, bending to the storm, / The traveler thus will save himself from harm: / The stubborn traveler braves the storm in vain, / Its fury lays him prostate on the plain."—Barber, 1857


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Barber, John W. The Handbook of Illustrated Proverbs (New York, NY: George F. Tuttle, 1857)


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