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Quotations About / On: FLY

  • 1.
    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).)
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  • 2.
    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.)
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  • 3.
    Fly from the company of the wicked—fly and turn not back.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 854 C....)
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  • 4.
    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).)
  • 5.
    Outside literature, high-flown sentiments are merely exasperating.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 6.
    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.")
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  • 7.
    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).)
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  • 8.
    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.)
  • 9.
    How time flies when one has fun!
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Vladimir, in Waiting for Godot, p. 49, Grove Press (1954).)
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  • 10.
    When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Nick Adams, in "Fathers and Sons," Winner Take Nothing (1932).)
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