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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Fly
 
  We see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
        Bacon—Historia Vitæ et Mortis.
  1
  It was prettily devised of Æsop: The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise!
        Bacon—Of Vain-Glory, attributed to Æsop but found in Fables of Laurentius Abstemius.
  2
  We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king.
        Bacon—Sylvia Sylvarum. Century I. Experiment 100.
  3
Haceos miel, y paparos han moscas.
  Make yourself honey and the flies will devour you.
        Cervantes—Don Quixote. II. 43.
  4
The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets.
        Gay—The Beggar’s Opera. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 35.
  5
To a boiling pot flies come not.
        Herbert—Jacula Prudentum.
  6
I saw a flie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried.
        Herrick—The Amber Bead.
  7
  The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt.
        Isaiah. VII. 18.
  8
A fly sat on the chariot wheel
And said “what a dust I raise.”
        La Fontaine—Fables. Bk. VII. 9. Phædrus. III. 6. Musca et Mula.
  9
Busy, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me and drink as I!
Freely welcome to my cup,
Could’st thou sip and sip it up;
Make the most of life you may;
Life is short and wears away.
        William Oldys—The Fly.
  10
Oh! that the memories which survive us here
Were half so lovely as these wings of thine!
Pure relics of a blameless life, that shine
Now thou art gone.
        Charles (Tennyson) Turner—On Finding a Small Fly Crushed in a Book.
  11
Baby bye
Here’s a fly,
Let us watch him. you and I,
    How he crawls
    Up the walls
    Yet he never falls.
        Theodore Tilton—Baby Bye.
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