Bees Quotes

Others, again, give us the mere carcass of another man’s thoughts, but deprived of all their life and spirit, and this is to add murder to robbery. I have somewhere seen it observed, that we should make the same use of a book, as a bee does of a flower; she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it; and those sweets she herself improves and concocts into honey. But most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, nor industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared from the hive.

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

So our student will flit like a busy bee through the entire garden of literature, light on every blossom, collect a little nectar from each, and carry it to his hive…

When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

Every saint has a bee in his halo.

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.

Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.