Bee Quotes

What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.

As busy as a bee.

Bees that have honey in their nostrils have stings in their tails.

All the honey a bee gathers during its lifetime doesn’t sweeten its sting.

The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

Don’t you wait where the trees are, When the lightnings play, Nor don’t you hate where Bees are, Or else they’ll pine away. Pine away – dwine away – Anything to leave you! But if you never grieve your Bees, Your Bees’ll never grieve you.

Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. (Proverbs 25:16)

God’s little epigrams, the Bees, Are pointed and impartial. Could Martial rival one of these? No, not even Martial.