Abstemius's Fables (Sir Roger L'Estrange)
290. (Abstemius 38) A Bear and Bees.
A Bear was so enrag'd once at the Stinging of a Bee, that he ran like mad into the Bee-Garden, and over-turn'd all the Hives in revenge. This Outrage brought them out in whole Troops upon him; and he came afterwards to bethink himself, how much more advisable it had been to pass over one Injury, than by an unprofitable Passion to provoke a Thousand.
Better pass over an Affront from one Scoundrel, than draw the whole Herd of the Mobile about a Man's Ears.
Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists: Abstemius's Fables by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Available online at Google Books.