Bee Quotes, Sayings, Captions

These bee quotes are sure to please bee lovers with their messages of hope, inspiration, and teamwork.

Discover the words of authors, poets, and philosophers on the topic of bees. Their observations provide rich insight into the bee’s life and purpose—something we can all relate to in our own lives.

The best bee quotes for bee lovers

Here are our editor’s picks of the best bee sayings.

Top 10 best bee quotes

1.) Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.
Christy Lefteri

2.) The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee.
Emily Dickinson

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

4.) The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.
Elizabeth Lawrence

5.) The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.
Emily Dickinson

6.) Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
Robert Green Ingersoll

7.) The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
Henry David Thoreau

8.) Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
David Foster Wallace

9.) Fame is a bee. It has a song. It has a sting. Ah, too, it has a wing.
Emily Dickinson

10.) I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.
John Burroughs

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Short bee sayings

You never can tell with bees.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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

The bee is domesticated but not tamed.
William Longgood

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
William Blake

Every saint has a bee in his halo.
Elbert Hubbard

Listen to the bees and let them guide you.
Brother Adam

Funny quotes

Don’t wear perfume in the garden—unless you want to be pollinated by bees.
Anne Raver

I don’t like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.
Abraham Lincoln

Nothing gives a person more confidence…
than to be zipped snugly inside a bee suit.
Sue Hubbell

Bee quotes about life

The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water.
Karl Von Frisch

Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.
William Golding

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

We think we can make honey without sharing in the fate of bees, but we are in truth nothing but poor bees, destined to accomplish our task and then die.
Muriel Barbery

Every moment there are a million miracles happening around you: a flower blossoming, a bird tweeting, a bee humming, a raindrop falling, a snowflake wafting along the clear evening air. There is magic everywhere. If you learn how to live it, life is nothing short of a daily miracle.
Sadhguru

Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad.
August Strindberg

Emily Dickinson quote

About love

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Victor Hugo

Love is the bee that carries the pollen from one heart to another.
Slash Coleman

Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.
Khalil Gibran

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees.
Leo Tolstoy

A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear, infinity captured in the bee’s brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover’s lip: ‘Forever.”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Bee quotes about flowers

The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.
Mark Nepo

The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
Charles A. Beard

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.
Ray Bradbury

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.
Srikumar Rao

Bee, why are you staring at me? I am not a flower??
Jack Kerouac

As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.
Gautama Buddha

The botanist should make interest with the bees if he would know when the flowers open and when they close.
Henry David Thoreau

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
John Muir

The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.
Saint Francis De Sales

The key to nature’s therapy is feeling like a tiny part of it, not a master over it. There’s amazing pride in seeing a bee land on a flower you planted—but that’s not your act of creation, it’s your act of joining in.
Victoria Coren Mitchell

The bee and the serpent often sip from the selfsame flower.
Pietro Metastasio

Bee garden quote

About the garden

Bees are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.
Carol Ann Duffy

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee… gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.
Leonardo da Vinci

Oh to be a pear tree – any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world!
Zora Neale Hurston

Pollination

A gentleman goes in search of flattery as keenly as a bee hunts for pollen.
Kevin Ansbro

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Russell Lowell

Bumble bee / honey bee quotes

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
Mary Kay Ash

But then a bumblebee bumbled above us and it stole our attention the way flying things can.
Douglas Coupland

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

It was the bumble bee and the butterfly who survived, not the dinosaur.
Meridel Le Sueur

The honey-bee’s great ambition is to be rich, to lay up great stores, to possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is more than provident. Enough will not satisfy her, she must have all she can get by hook or crook.
John Burroughs

Queen bee

Worker bees can leave.
Even drones can fly away.
The Queen is their slave.
Chuck Palahniuk

Busy bee

A bee is never as busy as it seems;
it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.
Kin Hubbard

It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy—the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.
Unknown

Honey quotes

The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.
Unknown

It takes a bee to get the honey out.
Arthur Guiterman

Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Benjamin Franklin

The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

A Bee is an exquisite Chymist. [chemist]
Royal Beekeeper to Charles II

Honey doesn’t lose its sweetness because it is made by bees that sting.
Matshona Dhliwayo

If you have no honey in your pot, have some in your mouth.
Benjamin Franklin

If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldn’t be able to make even a single drop of honey.
Matshona Dhliwayo

[Honey is sweet] and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book.
Patricia Polacco

Beehive quotes

That which is not good for the bee-hive
cannot be good for the bees.
Marcus Aurelius

Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill,
every bee knows the formula of its beehive.
They know it in their own way, not in our way.
Only humankind does not know its own formula.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.
Nietzsche

Bees… by virtue of a certain geometrical forethought, knew that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material.
Pappus

we are continually overflowing toward those who preceded us, toward our origin, and toward those who seemingly come after us. … It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Bee sting quotes

After you get stung, you can’t get unstung
no matter how much you whine about it.
Sue Monk Kidd

Bee stings are very educational.
Garth Nix

When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.
Joseph Joubert

Words are like bees—some create honey and others leave a sting.
Unknown

Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey, and brevity.
Unknown

Jim said that bees won’t sting idiots, but I didn’t believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn’t sting me.
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Should I refuse the honey because the bee stings?
Marty Rubin

Such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them.
“If one were to sting me,” He thought “I should swell up as big as I am!”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Bee quotes: spiritual / uplifting wisdom

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
Saint John Chrysostom

The little bee returns with evening’s gloom, to join her comrades in the braided hive, there, housed beside their might honey-comb, they dream their polity shall long survive.
Charles Tennyson Turner

Famous bee sayings

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Benjamin Franklin

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali

If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.
Abraham Lincoln

For where’s the State beneath the Firmament
That doth excel the Bees for Government?
Guillaume de Saluste du Bartas

Bee poetry

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
Emily Dickinson

Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers, know there is richest juice in poison-flowers.
John Keats

A work of arte; and yet no arte of man,
Can worke, this worke, these little creatures can.
Geffrey Whitney

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

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

In the village, a sage should go about
Like a bee, which, not harming
Flower, colour or scent,
Flies off with the nectar.
Anonymous, The Dhammapada

Bee proverbs

Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails.
Scottish proverb

When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day.
Congo proverb

That which is not good for the swarm, neither is it good for the bee.
Marcus Aurelius

When you shoot an arrow of truth, Dip it’s point in Honey.
Arab proverb

One swallow will not make spring, nor one bee honey.
Proverb

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24

Bee conservation quotes

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.
Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

When you’re out to get the honey you don’t go killing all the bees.
Joe Strummer

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.
Albert Einstein

The bees are dying and humans are not far behind.
Steven Magee

Bee quotes from books, movies, and TV

Bee Movie

Bees have never afraid to change the world. I mean, what about Bee Columbus, Bee Gandhi, Bee-Jesus?
Jerry Seinfeld, Bee Movie

We’re the only ones who make honey, pollinate flowers, and dress like this!
Jerry Seinfeld, Bee Movie

Winnie the Pooh

You never can tell with bees.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is to not let the bees know you’re coming.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Secret Life of Bees

Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ’cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands.
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but also require it’s social companionship and support. Isolate a honeybee from her sisters and she will soon die.
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

It takes a bee 10,000,000 trips to collect enough nectar to make 1 pound of honey.
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.
When I’m dead and gone,
That’s what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
But I’ll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Bee captions for Instagram and tumblr

  • Worker bee.
  • I like big bees.
  • Queen bee.
  • Beekeepers: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
  • Save the bees.
  • Bee kind.
  • Home is where the hive is.
  • Like food? Thank a beekeeper.
  • To bee or not to bee.
  • Bee lover.
  • Sting like a bee.
  • I’m a beekeeper.
  • Time is honey.
  • Buzz off.
  • Listen to bees.
  • Bee a boss.
  • I just want to bee alone.
  • The bee guy.
  • Life is sweeter for a beekeeper.
  • I’m a keeper.
  • Bee watcher.
  • Plant these, save the bees.
  • Bee real.
  • Mama bee.
  • Brave. Bold. You.
  • Worker bee.
  • Bee-otch!
  • Honey, I’m home.
  • Bee cool.
  • Happy bee.
  • Bee the change.
  • Hive five!
  • Killer bee.
  • Bee aware.
  • God save the queen.

How to use these bee quotes

There are so many ways to use these bee sayings, quotes, and captions. Bee creative! A simple way to use these is in a social media post. But for those looking for more ideas, here is a list to get you buzzing:

  • Birthday – Thrill your favorite bee lover with a special line included in a birthday card.
  • Babies – Decorate the baby’s room with bumblebee decor, including wall decor featuring your favorite quote from this list.
  • Home – For those who love crafting—choose a saying that inspires you. Print it out and frame it up so you are reminded to bee your best every day.
  • Mother’s Day – Mom will love a message of inspiration from you on her special day.
  • Teachers – Use quotes and sayings to decorate the classroom walls. Students will learn better in a creative and imaginative atmosphere.
  • Valentine – The classic valentine asked, “Will you bee my Valentine?” Take that message one step further by including a quote from this page in your own heartfelt query for love.

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