Honey is a gift of nature. The following proverbs and quotes are all about honey.

A bee collecting honey

A dead bee will make no honey.


A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.

A fly follows honey.

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

At last Gandalf pushed away his plate and jug – he had eaten two whole loaves (with masses of butter and honey and clotted cream) and drunk at least a quart of mead – and he took out his pipe.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About honey and mead.

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


Every bee’s honey is sweet.


Flies are caught more readily with a single drop of honey than with a cask of vinegar.


Flies swarm where there is honey.

India, Tamil

Flies will easily fly into the honey; their problem is how to get out.

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

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

Honey catches more flies than vinegar.

If you are nice to others you can easily get their cooperation.

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

Divine Songs
Isaac Watts

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

It’s better to eat pepper and be happy than to eat honey and be sad.


It’s easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar.

Its the roving bee that gathers honey.

Little bunny is getting nice and fat again on bread and honey.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Talking about Bilbo

Make yourself all honey and the flies will devour you.


More flies are caught with a drop of honey than a barrel of vinegar.


More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar.


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

No money, no honey.

Now Galadriel rose from the grass, and taking a cup from one of her maidens she filled it with white mead and gave it to Celeborn.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

Old bees yield no honey.

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

One catches more flies with a spoonful of honey than with twenty casks of vinegar.


Sweet as honey.

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


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.


The table is all laden with yellow cream, honeycomb, and white bread and butter. Goldberry is waiting.

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

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.

They sat long at the table with their wooden drinking bowls filled with mead.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo and the dwarves when they visit Beorn.

When bees are old they yield no honey.


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.


Where there are bees, there is honey.

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

With honey you can catch more flies than with vinegar.


You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue; and the smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

Song of Solomon