If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.
~American Quaker Saying
Nothing seems to please a fly so much as to be taken for a currant; and if it can be baked in a cake and palmed off on the unwary, it dies happy.
We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.
When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee's house some day.
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Cockroaches really put my "all creatures great and small" creed to the test.
Some primal termite knocked on wood;
and tasted it, and found it good.
That is why your Cousin May
fell through the parlor floor today.
The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.
Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
What do you suppose?
A bee sat on my nose.
Then what do you think?
He gave me a wink
And said, "I beg your pardon,
I thought you were the garden."
Take time to smell the roses and eventually you'll inhale a bee.
God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
~Ogden Nash, "The Fly"
Though snails are exceedingly slow,
There is one thing I'd like to know.
If I out run 'em round the yard,
How come they beat me to the chard?
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
I never could have thought of it,
To have a little bug all lit
And made to go on wings.
~Elizabeth Madox Roberts, "Firefly"
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!
~Isaac Watts, "Divine Songs"
The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.
Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.
~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon
We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
And what's a buterfly? At best,
He's but a ceterpillar, drest.
Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it, so it goes on flying anyway.
~Mary Kay Ash
House, n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man, rat, mouse, beetle, cockroach, fly, mosquito, flea, bacillus, and microbe.
~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
We starve the rats, creosote the ticks, swat the flies, step on the cockroaches and poison the scales. Yet when these pests appear in human form we go paralytic.
~Martin H. Fischer
Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint.
~Joseph W. Krutch