Old bees yield no honey. [ Proverb ]
The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy. [ Emily Dickinson ]
Wasps haunt the honey-pot. [ Proverb ]
A dead bee maketh no honey. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Every bee's honey is sweet. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower. [ Watts ]
Honey is too good for a bear. [ Proverb ]
Where bees are there is honey. [ Proverb ]
A honey-tongue, a heart of gall. [ Proverb ]
Love abounds in honey and poison. [ Spanish Proverb ]
Honey is not for the ass's mouth. [ Proverb ]
The hog is got into the honey-pot. [ Proverb ]
But they whom truth and wisdom lead
Can gather honey from a weed. [ Cowper ]
To lick honey through a cleft stick. [ Proverb ]
Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber. [ William Shakespeare ]
No bees, no honey; No work, no money. [ Proverb ]
O! as a bee upon the flower, I hang
Upon the honey of thy eloquent tongue. [ Bulwer ]
The honey is sweet, but the bee stings. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
She has more of the aloe than the honey. [ Juv ]
Vinegar given is better than honey bought. [ Arab. Proverb ]
Love's of itself too sweet; the best of all
Is when love's honey has a dash of gall. [ Herrick ]
Too much is always bad; old proverbs call
Even too much honey nothing else than gall. [ Anon ]
A little gall spoils a great deal of honey. [ French Proverb ]
Words sweet as honey from his lips distilled. [ Homer ]
The honey-bee that wanders all day long
The field, the woodland, and the garden over.
To gather in his fragrant winter store.
Humming in calm content his winter song,
Seeks not alone the rose's glowing breast,
The lily's dainty cup, the violet's lips.
But from all rank and noxious weeds he sips
The single drop of sweetness closely pressed
Within the poison chalice. [ Anne C. Lynch Botta ]
O bees, sweet bees! I said; that nearest field
Is shining white with fragrant immortelles,
Fly swiftly there and drain those honey wells. [ Helen Hunt ]
Her words were like a stream of honey fleeting.
That which doth softly trickle from the hive,
Able to melt the hearer's heart unweeting,
And eke to make the dead again alive. [ Spenser ]
O days remembered well! remembered all!
The bitter sweet, the honey and the gall;
Those garden rambles in the silent night.
Those trees so shady, and that moon so bright.
That thickset alley by the arbor closed.
That woodbine seat where we at last reposed;
And then the hopes that came and then were gone.
Quick as the clouds beneath the moon past on. [ Crabbe ]
Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise
Their Master's flower, but leave it having done,
As fair as ever and as fit to use;
So both the flower doth stay and honey run. [ Herbert ]
So work the honey-bees;
Creatures, that by a rule in nature teach
The art of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king and officers of sorts;
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad;
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they, with merry march, bring home.
To the tent royal of their emperor;
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold;
The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum.
Delivering over to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone. [ William Shakespeare ]
Where the bee sucks honey the spider sucks poison. [ Proverb ]
A love-tint flushes the wind-flower's cheek,
Rich melodies gush from the violet's beak.
On the rifts of the rock, the wild columbines grow.
Their heavy honey-cups bending low. [ Sarah Helen Whitman ]
Love in the heart is better than honey in the mouth. [ Proverb ]
Where there is honey to be found, there will be bees. [ Plaut ]
Deadly poisons are often concealed under sweet honey. [ Ovid ]
And when she spake, Sweete words,
like dropping honey, she did shed;
And 'twixt the perles and rubies softly brake
A silver sound, that heavenly musicke seem'd to make. [ Spenser ]
Cover yourself with honey and the flies will have you. [ Proverb ]
He that licks honey from a nettle pays too dear for it. [ Proverb ]
He who shares honey with a bear hath the least part of it. [ Proverb ]
An emmet may work its heart out, but can never make honey. [ Proverb ]
Daub yourself with honey, and you'll be covered with flies. [ Proverb ]
Gaudy slothful people are wasps, that eat up the bees' honey. [ Proverb ]
A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar. [ Proverb ]
He that hath no honey in his pot, let him have it in his mouth. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
More flies are taken with a drop of honey than a tun of vinegar. [ Proverb ]
Bees that have honey in their mouths, have stings in their tails. [ Proverb ]
For honesty coupled to beauty, is to have honey a sauce to sugar. [ Shakespeare ]
The bee from her industry in the summer eats honey all the winter. [ Proverb ]
Sin is like the bee, with honey in its mouth but a sting in its tail. [ H. Ballou ]
Books are the beehives of thought; laconics, the honey taken from them.
The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
You will catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a cask of vinegar. [ Eastern Proverb ]
Your tongues and your words are steeped in honey, but your hearts in gall and vinegar. [ Plaut ]
So work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom. [ William Shakespeare ]
Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail. [ Victor Hugo ]
Trifles we should not let plague us only, but also gratify us; we should seize not their poison-bags only, but their honey-bags also. [ Richter ]
The misfortune is that when man has found honey, he enters upon the feast with an appetite so voracious that he usually destroys his own delight by excess and satiety. [ Knox ]
Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared, from the hive. [ Colton ]
The amount of honey which we accumulate from the years as they pass, depends not so much upon the number of flower-gardens through which we rove, as upon our powers of extraction. [ Henry Wood ]
We should make the same use of a book that the bee does of a flower; she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it; and those sweets she herself improves and concocts into honey. [ C. C. Cotton ]
Reading without purpose is sauntering, not exercise. More is got from one book on which the thought settles for a definite end in knowledge, than from libraries skimmed over by a wandering eye. A cottage flower gives honey to the bee, a king's garden none to the butterfly. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]
The world produces for every pint of honey a gallon of gall, for every dram of pleasure a pound of pain, for every inch of mirth an ell of moan; and as the ivy twines around the oak, so does misery and misfortune encompass the happy man. Felicity, pure and unalloyed felicity, is not a plant of earthly growth: her gardens are the skies. [ Robert Burton ]