Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Chorus: [We] must look beneath every stone, lest it conceal some orator ready to sting us. (tr. O'Neill 1938, Perseus ) Chorus: Under every stone lurks a politician. (tr. in Bartlett 1968, p. 91 or Archive.org)Aristophanes
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?Bible (NewTestament)
Who dreads to the dust returning?Who shrinks from the sable shore,Where the high and haughty yearningOf the soul can sting no more?bartholomew dowling
Who grasp'd at earthly fame, Grasped wind: nay, worse, a serpent grasped that through His hand slid smoothly, and was gone; but left A sting behind which wrought him endless pain.robert pollok
But by and by, the cause of my disease Gives me a pang, that inwardly doth sting, When that I think what grief it is again To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.howard, henry, earl of surrey
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.samuel johnson
The assurance that we have no means of answering [final] questions is no valid excuse for callousness towards them. The more deeply should we feel, down to the roots of our being, their pressure and their sting. Whose hunger has ever been [sated] with the knowledge that he could not eat?josé ortega y gasset
Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death where is thy sting, O Grave where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Think'st thou there are no serpents in the world But those who slide along the grassy sod, And sting the luckless foot that presses them? There are who in the path of social life Do bask their spotted skins in Fortune's sun, And sting the soul.joanna baillie
The qualities all in a bee that we meet, In an epigram never should fail; The body should always be little and sweet, And a sting should be felt in its tail.
And wit its honey lent, without the sting.
Something is wrong with the system when our children, our students, struggling peacefully to have their voices heard, are answered by the spray of chemical weapons and the sting of a baton
Chorus: [We] must look beneath every stone, lest it conceal some orator ready to sting us. (tr. O'Neill 1938, Perseus ) Chorus: Under every stone lurks a politician. (tr. in Bartlett 1968, p. 91 or Archive.org)
Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain; and only faith can do it.
The serpent that did sting thy father's life Now wears his crown.
What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?