“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.
Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
"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."
“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...”
― Leo Tolstoy
"The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee."
"The hum of bees is the voice of the garden."
"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."
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see."
"For the rest, whatever we have got has been by infinite labor, and search, and ranging through every corner of nature; the difference is that instead of dirt and poison, we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light."
"To be successful, one has to be one of three bees: the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in."
"Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams."
-Henry David Thoreau
"A work of art; and yet no art of man,
Can work, this work, these little creatures can."
"He is not worthy of the honey-comb/That shuns the hives because the bees have stings."
"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."
"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."
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