Insects Quotes

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.-Samuel Johnson

 

Anyway, the title The War of the Insect Gods came before we had that ending, before we knew they had become gods. That we knew the evolutionary cycle they went through. Before we even knew anything about that. We had an ending.-Michael O'Donoghue

 

Because there is something helpless and weak and innocent - something like an infant - deep inside us all that really suffers in ways we would never permit an insect to suffer.-Jack Henry Abbott

 

Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate.-Steve Irwin

 

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.-Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me.-George Washington Carver

 

I've become a much more serious young insect.-Andrew Denton

 

If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect.-Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

If you want to study one of these strange organisms, you had better have a good justification. It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure insect that no one's ever heard about.-Thomas R. Cech

 

It's easy for me to go back to being a kid. You know how kids can be like savages before they get civilized? There's that sadist quality. Y'know, like boys who like to pick apart an insect for the sake of it.-Helena Bonham Carter

 

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.-Honore De Balzac

 

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.-Henry David Thoreau

 

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.-Mary Astell

 

So, when I say 'match the hatch', if the fish are taking the nymph, and you're actually producing a replica of a flying insect, you'll catch fresh air.-Rex Hunt

 

The souls you have got cast upon the screen of publicity appear like the horrid and writhing creatures enlarged from the insect world, and revealed to us by the cinematograph.-James Larkin

 

The transformation scene, where man is becoming insect and insect has become at least man and beyond that - a flying, godlike, shimmering, diaphanous, beautiful creature.-Michael O'Donoghue

 

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.-Charles Darwin

 

What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?- Emile M. Cioran

 

You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.-Charlotte Bronte

 

Now what sort of man or woman or monster would stroke a centipede I have ever seen? And here is my good big centipede! If such a man exists, I say kill him without more ado. He is a traitor to the human race.-William S. Burroughs

 

His Labor is a Chant -- his Idleness -- a Tune -- oh, for a Bee's experience of Clovers, and of Noon!-Emily Dickinson

 

Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?-George Eliot

 

People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count.-Ben Elton

 

Butterflies... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.-Elizabeth Goudge

 

Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.-Tama Janowitz

 

That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic: invisibility, and the anaesthetic power to deaden my attention in your direction.-D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

 

After the planet becomes theirs, many millions of years will have to pass before a beetle particularly loved by God, at the end of its calculations will find written on a sheet of paper in letters of fire that energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The new kings of the world will live tranquilly for a long time, confining themselves to devouring each other and being parasites among each other on a cottage industry scale.-Primo Levi

 

The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign.-Primo Levi

 

a man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is merely something good to eat-Don Marquis

 

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.-Ogden Nash

 

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.-George Bernard Shaw

 

As a thinker and planner the ant is the equal of any savage race of men; as a self-educated specialist in several arts she is the superior of any savage race of men; and in one or two high mental qualities she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized!-Mark Twain

 

I have often told you that I am that little fish who swims about under a shark and, I believe, lives indelicately on its offal. Anyway, that is the way I am. Life moves over me in a vast black shadow and I swallow whatever it drops with relish, having learned in a very hard school that one cannot be both a parasite and enjoy self-nourishment without moving in worlds too fantastic for even my disordered imagination to people with meaning.-Source Unknown

 

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.-Bill Vaughan

 
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