Insect Sayings and Quotes

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


Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.      

Henry David Thoreau

Despite its dark veins, the transparency of dragonfly’s wings assures me of a pure, innocent world.     

Munia Khan

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.      

Bill Vaughan

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.      

Bradley Millar

The dragonfly brings dreams to reality and is the messenger of wisdom and enlightenment from the realms.     

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No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity.     

Edith Wharton

How still the woods seem from here, yet how lively a stir the hidden animals are making; digging, gnawing, biting, eyes shining, at work and play, getting food, rearing young, roving through the underbrush, climbing the rocks, wading solitary marshes, tracing the banks of the lakes and streams! Insect swarms are dancing in the sunbeams, burrowing in the ground, diving, swimming,—a cloud of witnesses telling Nature's.     

John Muir

If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish. If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish.     

Jonas Salk

An insect is more complex than a star..and is a far greater challenge to understand.     

Martin Rees

I wish I were a glow-worm. A glow-worm's never glum. How can you be unhappy, when a light shines.     

unknown

Insects sting, not from malice, but because they want to live; they desire our blood not our pain.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death.      

Soren Kierkegaard

If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.     

E. O. Wilson

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Virtue.      

Mary Astell

No living thing is ugly in this world. Even a tarantula considers itself beautiful.     

Munia Khan

Life is hard for insects. And don’t think mice are having any fun either.     

Woody Allen

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.     

Chekhov

I do believe that an intimacy with the world of crickets and their kind can be salutary - not for what they are likely to teach us about ourselves but because they remind us, if we will let them, that there are other voices, other rhythms, other strivings and fulfillments than our own.     

Howard E. Evans

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.     

Buckminster Fuller

That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees.     

Marcus Aurelius

Just living is not enough,' said the butterfly. 'One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.     

Hans Christian Andersen

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.     

Emily Dickinson

If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.     

American Quaker

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

Congo Proverb

I never could have thought of it, To have a little bug all lit And made to go on wings.     

Elizabeth Madox Roberts

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.     

Rabindranath Tagore

I wonder if that's the reason Insects are so fond of flying into candles - because they want to turn into Snap-dragon-flies!     

Lewis Carroll

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.     

unknown

You can transform yourself but insects can do it better.     

unknown

Even a tiny insect has its own heart, brain, stomach, digestive system, nervous system like us. I wonder how nature works on this planet.     

Sandy Poet