Bee Quotes & Sayings

Posted by Sally Crisp on

Bees are so important to life and this is not a new revelation.
Albert Einstein highlighted this in his famous quote:
‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left’ 

Bees have survived for millions of years, so it is expected that over the centuries,  bees have been referred to many times in pieces of literature.

Inspired by Albert's quote above, we have delved through the history books to find as many of these ‘Bee Quotes’ and ‘Bee Sayings’, some old and some new, to share with you for a bit of a fun blog to make you smarter. 

Each quote shows us the natural collaboration between the human race and these mini superheroes of the insect world have stood the test of time…


‘The bee is domesticated but not tamed’ - William Longgood

‘I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey’ – John Burroughs

‘Word are like bees – some create honey and others leave a sting’ – Unknown

‘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 lovely flowers embarrass me; they make me regret I am not a bee’ – Emily Dickinson

‘It was the bumble bee and the butterfly who survived, not the dinosaur’ – Meridel Le Sueur

‘A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower’ - Kin Hubbard

'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

‘If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive’ - Abraham Lincoln

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

'The busy bee has no time for sorrow’ – William Blake

‘For so work the honey bees, creatures that by a rule in nature, teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom’ - William Shakespeare

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

‘The hum of bees is the voice of the garden’ – Elizabeth Lawrence

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

 '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

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


A bee quote blog would not bee complete without a few jokes or puns...

What does a bee use to style its hair? A: A honey comb. 
What do bees say when they return to the hive?  A: Honey, I’m home.
Why do bees hum? A:They forgot the words.
What happens when a bee moves to a new hive? A:They get a house-swarming party.
What do you call a wasp? A: A wanna-bee. 


Did you know... that the idiom of ‘the Bees Knees’ actually doesn’t refer to bees – the term originated in the 1920’s and came from the word ‘the business’ referring to something being excellent.  Over time the term evolved into the bees knees which continued with the same meaning.

To finish - here is our favourite poem about bees:

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

Bee kind to your bees and Bee kind to yourselves

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