Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have. 
  Aristotle 384 BC – 322 BC

quotes about bees

 Veiled in this fragile filigree of wax is the essence of sunshine, golden and limpid, tasting of grassy meadows, mountain wildflowers, lavishly blooming orange trees, or scrubby desert weeds. Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.  
Stephanie Rosenbaum

Eat honey, my child, for it is good.
~ Proverbs 24:13
the bee...gathers it's materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of it's own.

Leonardo Davinci

His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!
From The Bee by Emily Dickinson

He is not worthy of the honey-comb,
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings.
William Shakespeare

Listen! O, listen!

Here come the hum the golden bees
Underneath full blossomed trees,
At once with glowing fruit and flowers crowned.
James Russell Lowell, The Sirens.

Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise
Their Master's flower, but leave it having done,
As fair as ever and as fit to use;
So both the flower doth stay and honey run.

George Herbert - The Church

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

How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!"

Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748) in Divine Songs


Until you have smoked out the bees, you can't eat the honey.

Russian Proverb

In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true
From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew?
Alexander Pope in Essay on Man

O bees, sweet bees!" I said; "that nearest field Is shining white with fragrant immortelles Fly swiftly there and drain those honey wells.
Helen Hunt Jackson in My Bees.

The wild Bee reels from bough to bough
With his furry coat and his gauzy wing,
Now in a lily cup, and now
Setting a jacinth bell a-swing,
In his wandering.
Oscar Wilde in Her Voice. 

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy.
Emily Dickinson, Poems (V)

The bee is more honoured than other animals,
not because she labors,
but because she labours for others.
St John Chrysostom - the Archbishop of Constantinople from 347 to 407

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

Henry David Thoreau

No bees,
no honey;
no work,
no money.


There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, 
do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. 
The keeping of bees, for instance.
Henry David Thoreau

The careful insect 'midst his works I view,
Now from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew,
With golden treasures load his little thighs,
And steer his distant journey through the skies.
John Gay

Lavender humming
bees pierce purple flowers -
honey gathering

Janice Windle in (Summer Poems) 
 Some Haiku and Tankas - Bees and Lavender

The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive,
Where, housed beside their might honey-comb,
They dream their polity shall long survive.

Charles Tennyson Turner - A Summer Night in the Bee Hive
The happiness of the bee & the dolphin is to exist.
For man it is to know that & to wonder at it.
Jacques Yves Cousteau 

Long ago Apollo called to Aristæus,
youngest of the shepherds,
Saying, "I will make you keeper of my bees."
Golden were the hives, and golden was the honey;
golden, too, the music,
Where the honey-makers hummed among the trees.

 Henry Van Dyke in The White Bees

You voluble, 
Vehement fellows 
That play on your 
Flying and 
Musical cellos, 
All goldenly 
Girdled you 
Senerade clover, 
Each artist in 
Bass but a 
Bibulous rover!

Norman Rowland Gale in Bees

 It has been more than fifty years I remember
Since I first saw wild honey bees
Buzzing around their hive in the oak tree cavity
In the morning sunshine and breeze.
Francis Duggan in Wild Honey Bees

Birds and bees nature’s ornaments duly scattered in life’s garden
Ashram Ashram in Birds and Bees

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. 
Marcus Aurelius


Comfrey Cottages said...

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Anonymous said...

I own a print shop named Pink Bee...I stumbled upon your blog as I was looking for inspirational quotes about bees...

This is really Bee-autiful!

Bee Hive said...

he Bee by Emily Dickinson. He is not worthy of the honey-comb,. That shuns the hives because the bees have stings. William Shakespeare ... ibeehive.blogspot.com

Mike Riter said...

Anyone told of honey bees
the story never having been heard
would laugh delightfully and say
nothing could be more absurd

Patent Attorney said...

Amazing shots of the bees in action, I love that one of the sunflowers!

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