sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me

sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me
To be resistant to criticism.  This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.

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