Quotations About / On: FLY

  • 41.
    The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise!
    (Aesop (6th century B.C.), Greek fabulist. "The Fly on the Wheel," Fables, trans. by Francis Bacon in his essay "Of Vain-Glory.")
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  • 42.
    It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
    (Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Quoted in New York Times (April 6, 1977). Born Cassius Marcellus Clay.)
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  • 43.
    The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.
    (Orson Welles (1915-1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer. Originally published in Les Nouvelles Littéraires (1953). Quoted in Frank Brady, Citizen Welles, ch. 16 (1989).)
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  • 44.
    Like a frog, the aphorist waits for something to fly by that he can catch with his tongue.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 45.
    Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
    (Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Simple Simon," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).)
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  • 46.
    Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.
    (Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825), German novelist. Hesperus, ch. 21 (1795).)
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  • 47.
    The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly. The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter. Tod Browning. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Dracula, speaking to Renfield at his castle (1931). From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
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  • 48.
    The very dogs were all asleep, and the flies, drunk with moist sugar in the grocer's shop, forgot their wings and briskness, and baked to death in dusty corners of the window.
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 27, p. 209 (1841).)
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  • 49.
    I became the butterfly. I got out of the cocoon, and I flew.
    (Lynn Redgrave (b. 1943), British actor; relocated to America. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 80 (June 6, 1993). The daughter and sister of famous and oppressive English actors, Redgrave was describing her resettlement from England to California, which was followed by a successful diet, marriage, and acting career.)
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  • 50.
    You see, in a world where elephants are pursued by flying men, people are just naturally going to want to get high.
    (Judith Rascoe, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Stone (b. 1939), and Karel Reisz. Converse (Michael Moriarty), Who'll Stop the Rain? Writing his wife from Vietnam (1978).)
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