The Bald Man and the Fly (fable)

A FLY bit the bare head of a Bald Man who, endeavoring to destroy it, gave himself a heavy slap. Escaping, the Fly said mockingly,

“You who have wished to revenge, even with death, the Prick of a tiny insect, see what you have done to yourself to add insult to injury?”

The Bald Man replied,

“I can easily make peace with myself, because I know there was no intention to hurt. But you, an ill-favored and contemptible insect who delights in sucking human blood, I wish that I could have killed you even if I had incurred a heavier penalty.”



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