Insects Quotes

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Franz Kafka
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Mohsin Hamid
“The poets say some moths will do anything out of love for a flame
[...]
The moth takes off again, and we both step back, because he's circling at eye level now and seems to have lost rudder control, smacking into the wall on each round. He circles lower and lower, spinning around the candle in tighter revolutions, like a soap sud over an open drain. A few times he seems to touch the flame, but dances off unhurt.
Then he ignites like a ball of hair, curling into an oily puff of fumes with a hiss. The candle flame flickers and dims for a moment, then burns as bright as before.
Moth Smoke Lingers.”
Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

Michael Cunningham
“A stray fact: insects are not drawn to candle flames, they are drawn to the light on the far side of the flame, they go into the flame and sizzle to nothingness because they're so eager to get to the light on the other side.”
Michael Cunningham, By Nightfall

“I'll stop eating steak when you stop killing spiders." Absurdity: comparing cows to spiders. Arachnids are pure evil. They're like a cigarette manufacturer or a terrorist. They're organized religion on eight legs.”
Davey Havok, Pop Kids

Bret Easton Ellis
“Hip," I murmur, remembering last night, how I lost it completely in a stall at Nell's---my mouth foaming, all I could think about were insects, lots of insects, and running at pigeons, foaming at the mouth and running at pigeons.”
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

Adam Zagajewski
“In summer the empire of insects spreads.”
Adam Zagajewski

Vera Nazarian
“I've just been bitten on the neck by a vampire... mosquito. Does that mean that when the night comes I will rise and be annoying?”
Vera Nazarian

William M. Bass
“We’re organisms; we’re conceived, we’re born, we live, we die, and we decay. But as we decay we feed the world of the living: plants and bugs and bacteria.”
Bill Bass, Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

Jack Kerouac
“And all the insects ceased in honor of the moon.”
Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler

David Foster Wallace
“Insects all business all the time.”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

Beryl Markham
“It is amazing what a lot of insect life goes on under your nose when you have got it an inch from the earth. I suppose it goes on in any case, but if you are proceeding on your stomach, dragging your body along by your fingernails, entomology presents itself very forcibly as a thoroughly justified science.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Saul Bellow
“Some big insect flew in and began walking on the table. I don’t know what insect it was, but it was brown, shining, and rich in structures. In the city the big universal chain of insects gets thin, but where there’s a leaf or two it’ll be represented.”
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

Marv Wolfman
“I know that you are a mere flea! I know that you need only be squashed to be done away with! I know that I have fought this same battle a thousand thousand times before...but, perhaps this time I can crush you like the insect you are!”
Marv Wolfman, Fantastic Four: In Search of Galactus

“Insect life was so loud that when you parked the car and got out it sounded as if you had suddenly tuned into a radio frequency from another planet.”
David Samuels

Cynthia Sass
“Organic foods are richer in nutrients. This means they improve satiety and naturally help regulate body weight…Plants produce antioxidants to protect themselves from pests like insects and to withstand harsh weather. When they’re treated with chemicals such as pesticides, they don’t need to produce as much of their own natural defenses, so the levels are lower.” (p.203)”
Cynthia Sass, Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches

Virginia Wright
“Life is but a flash of time, a momentous flicker-- in the life that we know and space we live in on earth.© VW”
Virginia Wright, Buzzzzzzzz...: What Honeybees Do

“A forest's beauty lies with its inhabitants.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“When nature moves, butterflies take flight.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Fiona Mozley
“I kept myself to myself in the early years. I walked around and around the playground pretending to scale great mountain ranges or horizontal marshlands. In the summer months I sat beneath a sycamore tree on the edge of the school field. I collected insects in my hands only to release them at the end of playtime or lunch hour. Daddy asked me if I wanted an insect collecting set for my birthday or some jars to put them in to and take them home but I said I did not. I liked having them in my hands for that certain amount of time then letting them go off again into the undergrowth, back to their homes and to their lives. I would think about them living those lives while I sat back in my chair in the classroom and gazed blankly at times-tables.”
Fiona Mozley, Elmet

“The flies shall have a feast when you go shopping.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“As insects fall, so shall the temperature rise.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Flies have a liking for the most rotten things in life.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“It's when you go to sleep in a cocoon that you have the chance of waking up as a butterfly in life.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“A bee will visit many flowers in his search for sweet nectar.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Butterflies are a painter's canvas with wings.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“Insects have a life of their own, and a beauty to match.”
Anthony T. Hincks

“If butterflies could sing, they would sing, "Baby Shark.”
Anthony T.Hincks

Jason Medina
“Here’s a fun fact for you. Flies are necrophageous. That means they feed on the flesh of the dead. Yes, just like zombies. Actually, many insects are necrophageous. Will I become necrophageous?

I won’t lie. It’s a pretty cool word. Necrophageous.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

Hope Jahren
“Dung beetles follow the Milky Way; the Cataglyphis desert ant dead-reckons by counting its paces; monarch butterflies, on their thousand-mile, multigenerational flight from Mexico to the Rocky Mountains, calculate due north using the position of the sun, which requires accounting for the time of day, the day of the year, and latitude; honeybees, newts, spiny lobsters, sea turtles, and many others read magnetic fields. - Kim Tingley, The Secrets of the Wave Pilots”
Hope Jahren, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017

“Mr Ambrayses nodded. “Two explanations are commonly offered for this,” he said:

“In the first we are asked to imagine certain sites in the world–a crack in the concrete in Chicago or New Delhi, a twist in the air in an empty suburb of Prague, a clotted milk bottle on a Bradford tip–from which all flies issue in a constant stream, a smoke exhaled from some fundamental level of things. This is what people are asking–though they do not usually know it–when they say exasperatedly, “Where are all these flies coming from ?” Such locations are like the holes in the side of a new house where insulation has been pumped in: something left over from the constructional phase of the world.

“This is an adequate, even an appealing model of the process. But it is not modern; and I prefer the alternative, in which it is assumed that as Viriconium grinds past us, dragging its enormous bulk against the bulk of the world, the energy generated is expressed in the form of these insects, which are like the sparks shooting from between two flywheels that have momentarily brushed each other.”
M. John HarrisonHarrison

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