Bears when first born are shapeless masses of white flesh a little larger than mice, their claws alone being prominent. The mother then licks them gradually into proper shape.
A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.Gene Roddenberry
Beauty that shocks you, parts that none will trust, Wit that can creep, and pride that licks the dust.Alexander Pope
For the love of the ox, the wolf licks the yoke.
Pleas'd to the last he crops the flowery food, And licks the hand just rais'd to shed his blood.Alexander Pope