Quotes about bees

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Joni Mitchell photo

„Hey farmer, farmer,
Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!“

—  Joni Mitchell Canadian musician 1943

"Big Yellow Taxi"
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Nanak photo
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Muhammad Ali photo

„Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Variant: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Source: Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

Michael Faraday photo

„Bacon in his instruction tells us that the scientific student ought not to be as the ant, who gathers merely, nor as the spider who spins from her own bowels, but rather as the bee who both gathers and produces.“

—  Michael Faraday English scientist 1791 - 1867

Lecture notes of 1858, quoted in The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870) by Bence Jones, Vol. 2, p. 404
Context: Bacon in his instruction tells us that the scientific student ought not to be as the ant, who gathers merely, nor as the spider who spins from her own bowels, but rather as the bee who both gathers and produces. All this is true of the teaching afforded by any part of physical science. Electricity is often called wonderful, beautiful; but it is so only in common with the other forces of nature. The beauty of electricity or of any other force is not that the power is mysterious, and unexpected, touching every sense at unawares in turn, but that it is under law, and that the taught intellect can even now govern it largely. The human mind is placed above, and not beneath it, and it is in such a point of view that the mental education afforded by science is rendered super-eminent in dignity, in practical application and utility; for by enabling the mind to apply the natural power through law, it conveys the gifts of God to man.

Niccolo Machiavelli photo

„Women are the most charitable creatures, and the most troublesome. He who shuns women passes up the trouble, but also the benefits. He who puts up with them gains the benefits, but also the trouble. As the saying goes, there's no honey without bees.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527

Le più caritative persone che sieno sono le donne, e le più fastidiose. Chi le scaccia, fugge e fastidii e l'utile; chi le intrattiene, ha l'utile ed e fastidii insieme. Ed è 'l vero che non è el mele sanza le mosche.
Act III, scene iv
The Mandrake (1524)

Vita Sackville-West photo
Robert Browning photo
William Dean Howells photo

„Her mouth is a honey-blossom,
No doubt, as the poet sings;
But within her lips, the petals,
Lurks a cruel bee that stings.“

—  William Dean Howells author, critic and playwright from the United States 1837 - 1920

The Sarcastic Fair

Pietro Metastasio photo

„The bee and the serpent often sip from the selfsame flower.“

—  Pietro Metastasio Italian poet and librettist (born 3 January 1698, died 12 April 1782) 1698 - 1782

L'ape e la serpe spesso
Suggon l'istesso umore;
Part I.
Morte d' Abele (1732)

Isidore of Seville photo

„Many creatures go through a natural change and by decay pass into different forms, as bees [are formed] by the decaying flesh of calves, as beetles from horses, locusts from mules, scorpions from crabs.“

—  Isidore of Seville, book Etymologiae

Bk. 11, ch. 4, sect. 3; p. 221.
Etymologiae
Original: (la) Siquidem et per naturam pleraque mutationem recipiunt, et corrupta in diversas species transformantur; sicut de vitulorum carnibus putridis apes, sicut de equis scarabei, de mulis locustae, de cancris scorpiones.

Stéphane Mallarmé photo
Sadhguru photo
John Muir photo
Mary Kay Ash photo
James Russell Lowell photo
Robert Burns photo
Pablo Neruda photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

„The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

Louisa May Alcott photo