To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.
Mark but this flea, and mark in this How little that which thou deny'st me is; It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be.john donne
Sir, there is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea.
They must not fear, nor regard as sin, or take to heart any evil impulses to sin or to blasphemy, or doubts about the Sacrament, or any other such ugly temptations; for to experience these temptations defiles the soul no more than the bark of a dog or the bite of a flea. They trouble the soul but do not harm it provided a man puts them aside and ignores them. It does no good to struggle against them, or to try and master them by force, for the more a person struggles against them, the more persistent they become.walter hilton
In a world that had become a salvage operation, the general supply evolved into Union Grove's leading industry. When every last useful thing in town had been stripped from the Kmart and the United Auto, the CVS drugstore, and other trading establishments of the bygone national chain-store economy, daily life became a perpetual flea market centered on the old town dump.james howard kunstler
If England has any dignity left in the way of literature, she will forget for ever the pitiful antics of English Literature's performing flea.seán o'casey
Sir, there is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea.samuel johnson
He went away with a flea in 's ear.
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.Michel de Montaigne
It was many and many a year ago, In a District styled E. C., That a monster dwelt whom I came to know By the name of Cannibal flea, And the brute was possessed with no other thought Than to live and to live on me.
Then mimick'd my voice with satyrical sneer, And sent me away with a flea in my ear.
If I be evil intreated, or sent away with a flea in mine ear, let him look that Iwill rail onhimsoundly; nor foranhour or a day, whiles the injury is fresh in my memory; but in some elaborate polished poem, which I will leave to the world when I am dead, to be a living image to all ages of his beggarly parsimony and ignoble illiberality.thomas nashe
You are a mystery in an enigma in a big ball of fur,An irresistible magnet to every child and flea and burr.Your nose is high-resolution while I live in a near-scentless fogYou run at high speed, while I just have to slog (but it's a good ol' slog)So I just want to thank you for being my dog....richard summerbell
So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet in his kind Is bit by him that comes behind.jonathan swift