QuoteProverbs

Reptiles

Snakes and other reptiles play their part in the following quotes and proverbs.



Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.

Egyptian


He remembered something his grandfather had once told him: that butterflies were a good omen. Like crickets, and like grasshoppers; like lizards and four-leaf clovers.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho


However much the beetle is afraid it will not stop the lizard swallowing it.

African


If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.

Saudi Arabian proverb


The biting fly gets nothing by alighting on the back of the tortoise.

African


The fangs of the green snake and the sting of a wasp don’t really make poison; that is only to be found in a woman’s heart.

China


The fly that bites the tortoise breaks its beak.

Italian


The scorpion is sister to the snake.


We keep an eye on the scorpion and the serpent, but we do not watch out for the millipede.

Sicilian