Notable, Quotable Honey

"If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive."
Abraham Lincoln


"The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey… and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it."
Winnie the Pooh House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne


"The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee,
A clover, any time,
to him
is Aristocracy."

Emily Dickinson


"The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside."
Democritus (lived to be 109)


"Honey is either the exudation of the sky or a sort of sap of stars, or a juice released by the air."
Pliny


"When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey."
Arab Proverb


"Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light."
The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift


"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good."
God (Isaiah 7:15)


"And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a land flowing with milk and honey."
God (Exodus 3:8)


"Eat honey, my son, for it is good."
King Solomon (Proverbs 24:13)


"More Flies are taken with a Drop of Honey than a Tun of Vinegar."
Gnomologia by Thomas Fuller


"Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Koran a remedy for the illness of the mind."
Muhammad (founder of Islam)


"The sweetest honey
is loathsome in its own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite
Therefore love moderately."

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


"Who in his pocket hath no money,
In his mouth must have honey."

Flamma Sine Fumo by Rowland Watkins


"Thus may we gather honey from the weed,
And make a moral of the devil himself."

King Henry V by William Shakespeare


"Honey nourishes very much and breedeth good blood and prolongeth life and old age."
Sir Jonas Moore


"The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers."
Saint Ambrose

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