Carrying That Big Stick
Speak softly and carry a big stick
Often associated with Theodore Roosevelt, the above words may have originated earlier and by someone else. Regardless of who said it first or under what circumstance, we have likely heard the quote. And seen it being used in a variety of ways and as a lesson. And though not a quote, these rhyming yet taunting words also came to mind:
Sticks and stones
may break my bones
will never hurt me
To me, both discussions concerning sticks seem to exist together as well as independently.
Some like carrying big sticks and tossing stones. Maybe there is a reason. Something important. Showing strength. Being skillful or just in charge. Victories can happen as well as defeats. Fist-fighting or worse between combatants can ensue.
And then there are those who ignore them... Tossing it aside as child's play. Perhaps it's a strategy. Things happen. And don't happen. Now back to twigs and stakes. . .
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