Quotations About / On:
To me it's still a greater miracle when a fly flies than when a human being undertakes to do so.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
What is your aim in philosophy?To shew the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe, Blackwell, second edition (1958). Philosophical Investigations, I, par. 309.)
Fly from the company of the wickedfly and turn not back.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 854 C....)
The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 70, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
A burrowing creature can't learn
How to prepare his wings to fly
'The bird that teaches love, flies away.'
(Adam M. Snow)
Outside literature, high-flown sentiments are merely exasperating.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
A closed mouth catches no flies.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Trans. by P. Motteux. Italian proverb quoted by Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, bk. 3, ch. 11, pt. 1 (1605).
This is one of the "catalogue of musty proverbs.")
English literature is a flying fish.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Notes on the English Character," pt. I (1920), in Abinger Harvest (1936).)
Time is flying, never to return.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 3, l. 284 (29 B.C.).
The Latin, fugit irreparabile tempus, is usually quoted tempus fugit.)