Geese are birds, belonging to the family Anatidae. This family also includes swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller. A considerable number of birds are known as gees, but true geese are considered to be those in the subfamily Anserinae, tribe Anserini.
- I dare not hope to please a Cinna's ear.
Or sing what Varus might vouchsafe to hear;
Harsh are the sweetest lays that I can bring,
So screams a goose where swans melodious sing.
- James Beattie, Translation of Vergil, Pastoral 9; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 329.
- Mankind naturally and generally love to be flatter'd: Whatever sooths our Pride, and tends to exalt our Species above the rest of the Creation, we are pleas'd with and easily believe, when ungrateful Truths shall be with the utmost Indignation rejected. "What! bring ourselves down to an Equality with the Beasts of the Field! with the meanest part of the Creation! 'Tis insufferable!" But, (to use a Piece of common Sense) our Geese are but Geese tho' we may think 'em Swans; and Truth will be Truth tho' it sometimes prove mortifying and distasteful.
- Shall I, like Curtius, desperate in my zeal,
O'er head and ears plunge for the common weal?
Or rob Rome's ancient geese of all their glories,
And cackling save the monarchies of Tories?
- Alexander Pope, [[The Dunciad'' (1728 to 1743), Book I, line 209.
- As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the gun's report,
Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky.
- Idem Accio quod Titio jus esto.
- What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
- Marcus Terentius Varro, quoting Gellius, III, XVI. 13; same used by Swift (Jan. 24, 1710); reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 329.