QuoteProverbs

Bees

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.



A bee in one’s bonnet.

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


A bee was never caught in a shower.

English


A dead bee will make no honey.

English


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


Bees do not become hornets.

French


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

English


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

Moroccan


Better have one bee than a host of flies.

Italian


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

Unknown source


Boys avoid the bees that stung’em.

English


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.

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

The Lord of the Rings – 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.

English


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
Bible


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.

German


One bee is better than a thousand flies.

Spanish


One bee makes no honey; one grain makes no rice soup.


The bee stays not in a hive that has no honey.

Turkish


The bee that makes the honey doesn’t stand around the hive, and the man who makes the money has to worry, work, and strive.


The bee works all summer and eats honey all winter.


The bees make honey but cannot eat it; the sea-swallows build nests but cannot live in them.

Vietnamese


The buzzing of the flies does not turn them into bees.

Georgian


The drone bee dies soon after the wedding night.


The noise of the giant bees flying to and fro and crawling in and out filled all the air.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Beorn's bee hives


The three most difficult to understand; the mind of a woman, the labor of the bees and the ebb and flow of the tide.

Unknown source


The wise bee does not sip from a flower that has fallen.

China


There was a buzzing and a whirring and a droning in the air. Bees were busy everywhere. And such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them. … They were bigger than hornets. The drones were bigger than your thumb, a good deal, and the band of yellow on their deep black bodies shone like fiery gold.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the bees of Beorn.


When bees are old they yield no honey.

English


When the bee sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.


When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.

Joseph Joubert


Where bees are there is honey.

English


Where there are bees, there is honey.


While honey lies in every flower, it takes a bee to get the honey out.