Bees are probably the most useful insects. They are loved for their honey, but feared for their sting. This collection of quotes and proverbs about bees is a subset of the quotes and proverbs about insects.

Bee on Tagetes


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A bee in one's bonnet.

An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.

A bee was never caught in a shower.


A dead bee will make no honey.


A hive of bees in May is worth a load of hay.

Bees do not become hornets.


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


Better a handful of bees than a basket full of flies.


Better have one bee than a host of flies.


Bless the flowers and the weeds, my birds and bees.

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Boys avoid the bees that stung'em.


From the same flower the bee extracts honey and the wasp gall.

Harry stared at the black inside of the Hat, waiting. Then a small voice said in his ear, "Bee in your bonnet, Harry Potter?"
   "Er, yes," Harry muttered...

The sorting hat
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling

He keeps hives and hives of great fierce bees, and lives most on cream and honey.

The Hobbit - Chapter 7 - Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking about Beorn

He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and good things, things friendly and things unfriendly, cruel things and kind things, and secrets hidden under brambles.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Tom Bombadil

He who would gather honey must bear the sting of the bees.

He's like the master bee that leads forth the swarm.


If a bee didn't have a sting, she couldn't keep her honey.

If a bee stings you once, it's the bee's fault; if a bee stings you twice, it's your own damn fault.

If you let the bee be, the bee will let you be.

In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the distant streams of Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.

Isaiah 7:18

Its the roving bee that gathers honey.

No bees, no honey; no work, no money.

Old bees yield no honey.

One bee is as good as a handful of flies.


One bee is better than a thousand flies.


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