(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.")
I turn and turn in my cell like a fly that doesn't know where to die.
(Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), Italian political theorist. Letter, July 20, 1931. Gramsci: Letters from Prison, no. 199, trans. by Raymond Rosenthal (1993).
Gramsci had been in prison since 1926, when Mussolini had outlawed the Communist Party, and spent the rest of his life there.)
Damn it! What a way to fly into a warunarmed and out of gas!
(Larry Forrester, U.S. screenwriter, Hideo Oguni, and Ryuzo Kikushima. Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku. Major Truman Landon (Norman Alden), Tora! Tora! Tora! As pilot returning from training mission to find Pearl Harbor under attack (1970).)
When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Remise Door. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)