The early bird gets proverbs and quotes about worms.

Worm – Photo by John Benson

'Every worm has his weak spot', as my father used to say, though I am sure it was not from personal experience.

The Hobbit – Chapter 12 – Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien

A bookworm.

A person who is very fond of reading

A man once struck with a firebrand runs away on seeing a glowworm.


And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey You
Roger Waters – Pink Floyd

As day breaks, the glowworms say: ‘We’ve lit up the world!’



A person who is very fond of reading

Do not lean on a worm-eaten staff.


Don’t feed a silkworm that’s sleeping.

Let sleeping dogs sleep.

Even a worm will turn.

Every cider apple has a worm.

Every worm has its hole.


Glowworms are not lanterns.


God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it in the nest.

Swedish proverb

God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.


How much less man, who is but a maggot, the son of man, who is only a worm?

Job: 25: 6

If the timid sees a glowworm he shouts: ‘Fire!’


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat; it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
This is how The Hobbit book begins.

It is foolish to show glowworms by candle light.


Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.

No apple tree is immune from worms.


Quiet worms will bore a hole in the wall.


Salt will never be worm-eaten.

Saudi Arabian

Silent worms dig holes in the walls.


Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to wood.


The couch beneath you is the maggot, your covering, the worm.

Isaiah 14:11

The early bird catches the early worm.

The early bird catches the worm.

The early bird gets the worm.


The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.


The rose has its thorn, the peach its worm.

There was a most special greedy, strong and wicked worm called Smaug.

The Hobbit – Chapter 1 – An Unexpected Party
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the dragon.

To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.

Jewish proverb

Under the Mountain dark and tall
the King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall.

The Hobbit – Chapter 15 – The Gathering of the Clouds
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of a song by the dwarves.

We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.

Winston Churchill

What is good of a red apple if it has a worm?

When a man dies, he inherits corruption; worms and gnats and maggots.

Sirech 10:11

When a worm sits in horseradish, it thinks there’s nothing sweeter.

Jewish proverb

When the earth is hot, the worm stays in the ground.

Native American

With money, a dragon, without it, a worm.


Worms don’t like the robin’s song.

Native American

Worms eat you up dead and worries eat you up alive.