It was the saying of Bion, that though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.
Many persons nowadays seem to think that any conclusion must be very scientific if the arguments in favor of it are derived from twitching of frogs' legs especially if the frogs are decapitatedand thaton the other handany doctrine chiefly vouched for by the feelings of human beings^with heads on their shouldersmust be benighted and superstitious.william james
Boys throw stones at frogs in fun, but the frogs do not die in fun, but in earnest.bion of borysthenes
As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frogs in jest.But the frogs die in earnest.joanna russ
Flies can eat toads! (Although astonishment may be lessened in noting that the tiny toads are much smaller than enormous fly larvae.) Unusually large insects and maximally small vertebrates have also been featured in the few other recorded cases of such reversals - frogs, small birds, even a mouse, consumed by praying mantids, for example.stephen jay gould
The pike does not ask the frog’s permission before dining.robert jordan
Right now I’m working on a book set in the thirty years on either side of 2010, but I shouldn’t give too many details or the next thing you know it’s on Wikipedia and if I change my mind and decide to recast King Lear in a pond of frogs and toads I’ll just give a hardworking Wikipedian an extra headache.david mitchell
I had built a little cabin in Yosemite, and for convenience in getting water, and for the sake of music and society, I led a small stream from Yosemite Creek into it. Running along the side of the wall it was not in the way, and it had just fall enough to ripple and sing in low, sweet tones, making delightful company, especially at night when I was lying awake. Then a few frogs came in and made merry with the stream, and one snake.john muir
It was the saying of Bion, that though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.Plutarch
When you want to drain the marsh, you don't consult the frogs.
[...] the old adage that, if you intend to drain a swamp you should not consult the frogs, [...]"
It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good, and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring.
Boys throw stones at frogs in fun, but the frogs do not die in fun, but in earnest.
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