Once the sun and the wind quarreled about which one was stronger, and the wind said, “I’ll prove I am. See the old man down there with a coat? I bet I can get this coat off him quicker than you can.”
So the sun went behind a cloud, and the wind blew until it was almost a tornado, but the harder it blew, the tighter the old man clutched his coat to him.
Finally, the wind calmed down and gave up, and then the sun came out from behind the clouds and smiled kindly on the old man. Presently, he mopped his brow and pulled off this coat. The sun then told the wind that gentleness and friendliness were always stronger than fury and force.
*From How to win friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, pg. 122.