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Bee Quotes and Popular Sayings

Bees are the subject of many complimentary comments and sayings. Why do we love bee quotes? Maybe it is because of the bees’ diligent work ethic. Humans have always had a special affection for honey bees. From the proverbs of the bible to beautiful poetry and the riddles of childhood, bee sayings become a part of our lives.

Common Quotes About Honey Bees

Honey bee worker with flower bee quotes image.

Whether about honey bees in particular or just bees in general. Bee quotes always depict our insect friend in a positive light! References to hard work and well earned reward are common.

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Even after thousands of years interacting with bees, there are some some facts about bees we have yet to learn.

Bee Quotes on the World of Bees

In this list of fun quotes about bees, I hope you will find some that you have never heard before. There are sure to be some that you will want to share.

  • The bee is domesticated but not tamed – William Longgood
  • Word are like bees – some create honey and others leave a sting-Unknown
  • The lovely flowers embarrass me, They make me regret I am not a bee – Emily Dickinson
  • The hum of bees is the voice of the garden – Elizabeth Lawrence
  • It was the bumble bee and the butterfly who survived, not the dinosaur . – Meridel Le Sueur
Industrious bees working in the garden.
  • If you have no honey in your pot, have some in your mouth.
    Benjamin Franklin
  • Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
    John Muir
  • The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water
    Karl Von Frisch
  • How doth the little busy bee
    Improve each shining hour,
    And gather honey all the day
    From every opening flower!
    Isaac Watts
Foraging bee on red flower with bee quote about sting image.
  • A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower. –Kin Hubbard
  • When the flower blossoms, the bee will come. –Srikumar Rao
  • Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind. – Nietzsche
    A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower. –Kin Hubbard
  • If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive. –Abraham Lincoln
Shakespear bee quote about honey bee on flower image.

Shakespeare Bee Quotes

He is not worthy of the honey-comb
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings.
-William Shakespeare

Therefore doth heaven divide
The state of man in divers functions,
Setting endeavor in continual motion;
To which is fixed as an aim or butt
Obedience; for so work the honeybees,
Creatures that by a rule in nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king, and officers of sorts,
Where some like magistrates correct at home,
Others like merchants venture trade abroad,
Others like soldiers armed in their stings
Make boot upon the summer’s velvet buds,
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor,
Who, busied in his majesties, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold,
The civil citizens kneading up the honey,
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate,
The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum
Delivering o’er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone.
– William Shakespeare

The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite.
– William Shakespeare

Busy honey bee gathering pollen image.

Busy Bee Quotes

In general, being lazy is not considered a desirable state. With no care for worldly problems our bees and other pollinators toil away.

They have an instinctive life plan and they stick to it with zeal. Thank goodness they do because insect pollination adds greatly to our lifestyle!

Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.
-William Golding

Bees do have a smell, you know,
and if they don’t they should,
for their feet are dusted with spices
from a million flowers.
-Ray Bradbury

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The bee is more honored than other animals,
not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.
-St. John Chrysostom

Honey doesn’t lose its sweetness because it is made by bees that sting.
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Hard working honey bees in flower garden.

Bees… by virtue of a certain geometrical forethought, knew that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material.
― Pappus

If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldn’t be able to make even a single drop of honey.
― Matshona Dhliwayo

When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day.
-Congo Proverb

It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy — the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.
-Author Unknown

A bee quote from Sue Hubble on the safety of a bee suit image.

Quotes About Beekeeping

Who better to appreciate quotes about bees than the beekeepers themselves? Beekeeping is hard work but it delivers a sweet reward.

No, not just honey. Instead, I am referring to the peace and tranquility that comes from watching a honey bee colony grow and thrive.

The beekeeper has an inside view of the world of the honey bee. These famous bee sayings are from people who were on close personal terms with bees. It makes me proud to help others who want to pursue beekeeping.

Nothing gives a person more confidence…
than to be zipped snugly inside a bee suit.
-Sue Hubbell

That which is not good for the bee-hive
cannot be good for the bees.
-Marcus Aurelius

Happy beekeeper in apiary with hive.

He is not worthy of the honey-comb/
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings.
-William Shakespeare

Listen to the bees and let them guide you.
-Brother Adam

The bee’s life is like a magic well:
the more you draw from it,
the more it fills with water
– Karl Von Frisch

Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.
― Christy Lefteri

One swallow will not make spring, nor one bee honey.

Sunflower and bee with karl frisch quote about bee life image.

Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.
When I’m dead and gone,
That’s what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
But I’ll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.
Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.”
– Sue Monk Kidd

A Silly Bee Quote to Share

No list would be complete without this endearing bee phrase “You are the bee’s knees”. We have all heard this phrase used to describe something in a positive manner.

Who was the first one to use it? We don’t know who created the phrase but it first appeared in the 1920’s. Oh, if you really want to know? Read my post about the bees knees.

Honey bee on echinacea busy as a bee image.

The variety of bee quotes and sayings used in everyday language reflect a commonality between humans and bees. In some regions, we even follow the ritual of “telling the bees” when a death occurs.

Honey bees are revered in many works of mythology. Some ancient civilizations even had a god of bees that they would appeal to for help.

The admirable qualities of hard working bees are looked for in the human race. We admire bees so much that we often give bee-themed gifts to loved ones and friends. This is surely a sign of respect of some degree.

Hopefully, we may someday become as diligent and resourceful as the honey bee. Or at least, take a few more steps in that direction. Now see if you can find some bee quotes to use today!

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