Bee Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bee quotes, bee sayings, and bee proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.      

Elizabeth Lawrence

The flower doesn't dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.     

Mark Nepo

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey, and brevity.     

Unkown

The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.     

Francis Bacon

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

Saint John Chrysostom

Even bees, the little alsmen of spring bowers, know there is richest juice in poison-flowers.     

John Keats

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.     

William Blake

Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails.     

Scottish Proverb

The bee and the serpent often sip from the selfsame flower.     

Pietro Metastasio

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.     

David Foster Wallace

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

Matshona Dhliwayo

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee-- his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.     

Muhammad Ali

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.     

Srikumar Rao

The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.     

Saint Francis De Sales

A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.     

Kin Hubbard

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

Marcus Aurelius

We think we can make honey without sharing in the fate of bees, but we are in truth nothing but poor bees, destined to accomplish our task and then die.     

Muriel Barbery

The little bee returns with evening's gloom, to join her comrades in the braided hive, there, housed beside their might honey-comb, they dream their polity shall long survive.     

Charles Tennyson Turner

Bee stings are very educational .     

 Garth Nix

It takes a bee to get the honey out.     

Arthur Guiterman

The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.     

Charles A. Beard

The bee's life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water.     

Karl von Frisch

As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.     

Gautama Buddha

Don't wear perfume in the garden — unless you want to be pollinated by bees.      

Anne Raver

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

Congo Proverb

The bee is domesticated but not tamed.     

William Longgood

Bees are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.     

Carol Ann Duffy

Bees have so much to offer us if we only listen.     

Jay Ebben

For to the bee a flower is the fountain of life, and to the flower a bee is the messenger of love.     

Kahlil Gibran