The weak, if they be wise, take not umbrage at the strong!
A bee, confident in the grievousness of her sting,
Approached an elephant as he grazed in the meadow
And paid no attention to his wee apian fellow.
Bee resolved to chastise him and proceeded to sting.
What happened? The bee died, the elephant felt nothing.
From Fables and Parables (1779) by Ignacy Krasicki, translated by Christopher Kasparek