But a word stung him like a mosquito? For what they hear, they repeat!
If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how. Hitch him up.As quoted in "Muhammad Ali" by George Plimpton in "The TIME 100" in TIME (14 June 1999)
A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.O. Henry, "The Gold that Glittered" in Strictly Business (1910).
I am perfectly aware that the mosquito and sandfly have a purpose in this world, but why don't they attend to it? Their destiny is to keep down microscopic insects?but their sphere of useiswhentheyareinthegrub state.Why don't they stick at that and not trouble innocent unoffending prospectors who can't carry a curtain?Charles Douglas