Then the law to him Is like a foul black cobweb to a spider; He makes it his dwelling, and a prison To entangle those shall feed him.john webster: 1623 The Duchess of Malfi, act1, sc.1.
Spider, spider, spin Your register and let me sleep a little, Not now in order to end but to begin The task begun so often.(Frederick) Louis MacNeice: 1938 Autumn Journal, part 2.
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.Alexander Pope: 1733 An Essay on Man, epistle1, l.217-8.
What brought the kindred spider to that height, Then steered the white moth thither in the night? What but design of darkness to appall? If design govern in a thing so small.Robert Lee Frost: 1936 'Design'.
Much like a subtle spider which doth sitIn middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,She feels it instantly on every side.john davies: The Immortality of the Soul (c. 1594). Compare:
St. Orberosia is forgotten by the Penguins , her devotion abandoned, and her sanctuary deserted. On her shrine, bereft of its gold and precious stones, the spider silently weaves her web.Anatole France, in Penguin Island, p.238
Or almost like a spider, who, confin'dIn her web's centre, shakt with every winde,Moves in an instant if the buzzing flieStir but a string of her lawn canapie.guillaume de salluste du bartas: First Week, Sixth Day. Compare: "Much like a subtle spider which doth sit In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide; If aught do touch the utmost thread of it, She feels it instantly on every side", John Davies, The Immortality of the Soul.
The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours.jonathan edwards: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, sermon delivered in Enfield, Connecticut (July 8, 1741)
Bacon in his instruction tells us that the scientific student ought not to be as the ant, who gathers merely, nor as the spider who spins from her own bowels, but rather as the bee who both gathers and produces. All this is true of the teaching afforded by any part of physical science. Electricity is often called wonderful, beautiful; but it is so only in common with the other forces of nature. The beauty of electricity or of any other force is not that the power is mysterious, and unexpected, touching every sense at unawares in turn, but that it is under law, and that the taught intellect can even now govern it largely. The human mind is placed above, and not beneath it, and it is in such a point of view that the mental education afforded by science is rendered super-eminent in dignity, in practical application and utility; for by enabling the mind to apply the natural power through law, it conveys the gifts of God to man.michael faraday: Lecture notes of 1858, quoted in The Life and Letters of Faraday (1870) by Bence Jones, Vol. 2, p. 404
The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly. The blood is the life, Mr. Harker.garrett fort: Dracula, speaking to Harker at his castle
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said a spider to a fly;"'T is the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy."mary howitt: The Spider and the Fly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Laws : We know what they are, and what they are worth ! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty , steel chains for the poor and weak , fishing nets in the hands of government .Pierre Joseph Proudhon, as quoted in The Principles Of Anarchism (1935) by Y. A. Merison
I have often thought I would have been quite happy as a spider.Even a spider has the right to a mate.susan kay: Erik (p. 92)
I will not be silent. I've listened to you for too long. To think that I've lost my chance of power through a spider! A spider that I could crush underfoot, without a second thought. A spider!Who: Rex Lupton
You superstitious fools! [Queen Spider: Be silent, Lupton!] I will not be silent! To think that I've lost my chance of power through a spider! A spider that I could crush underfoot without a second thought! A SPIDERWho: Lupton (John Dearth)
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Now remember courage, go to the door,Open it and see whether coiled on the bedOr cringing by the wall, a savage beastMaybe with golden hair, with deep eyesLike a bearded spider on a sunlit floorWill snarl—and man can never be alone.allen tate: The Wolves, from Collected Poems (1970)
A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in realityKarl Marx, Das Kapital (1867). (Sourced)
To ask an author who hopes to be a serious writer if his work is autobiographical is like asking a spider where he buys his thread. The spider gets his thread right out of his own guts, and that is where the author gets his writing.Robertson Davies: From a letter published in The Merry Heart : Reflections on Reading Writing, and the World of Books (1996)
“You're living in the real world now,” Spider said sadly. “It’s come from something. It’s going to something. Myths always lie in the most difficult places to ignore.”samuel r. delany: Section 11 (The Einstein Intersection (1967))
Wild Wild West is a comedy dead zone. You stare in disbelief as scenes flop and die. The movie is all concept and no content; the elaborate special effects are like watching money burn on the screen. You know something has gone wrong when a story is about two heroes in the Old West, and the last shot is of a mechanical spider riding off into the sunset.roger ebert: Review of Wild Wild West (30 June 1999)
It was high time for a generous benefactor to come to the relief of our necessities . Rich and poor, learned and ignorant are turning away from us. And when we try to lead back these misguided souls , neither threats nor promises, neither gentleness nor violence , nor anything else is now successful. The Penguin clergy pine in desolation; our country priests, reduced to following the humblest of trades, are shoeless, and compelled to live upon such scraps as they can pick up. In our ruined churches the rain of heaven falls upon the faithful, and during the holy offices they can hear the noise of stones falling from the arches. The tower of the cathedral is tottering and will soon fall. St. Orberosia is forgotten by the Penguins, her devotion abandoned, and her sanctuary deserted. On her shrine, bereft of its gold and precious stones, the spider silently weaves her web.anatole france: Book VII : Modern Times, Ch. IX : The Final Consequences
I've heard all the usual Sweetness and Light that kids get pushed at them how they should always forgive, how there’s some good in the worst of us, etc. But when I see a black widow, I step on it; I don’t plead with it to be a good little spider and please stop poisoning people. A black widow spider can’t help it but that’s the point.robert a. heinlein: Chapter 10 (Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958))
Many have original minds who do not think it they are led away by custom Now it appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own citadel.john keats: Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds (February 19, 1818).
He should be thrown alive to the crocodiles! An anaconda should strangle him slowly! A poisonous spider should sting him and paralyze his lungs! The most venomous serpent should bite him and make his brain explode! No panther claws should rip open his throat that would be much too good for him! Huge red ants should piss into his lying eyes and gobble up his balls and his guts! He should catch the plague! Syphilis! Yellow fever! Leprosy! It's no use; the more I wish him the most gruesome deaths, the more he haunts me.klaus kinski: On Werner Herzog, p. 220-21