The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.
Aesop — quotes and aphorisms
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.