Fleas

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No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it. ~ Herman Melville, in Moby-Dick
For the Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player, see Flea (musician)

Fleas are wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals (including bats and humans) and birds.

Quotes[edit]

"I cannot raise my worth too high;
Of what vast consequence am I!"
"Not of the importance you suppose,"
Replies a Flea upon his nose;
"Be humble, learn thyself to scan;
Know, pride was never made for man." ~ John Gay
  • To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 277.
  • Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
    And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
    And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
    While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
  • "I cannot raise my worth too high;
    Of what vast consequence am I!"
    "Not of the importance you suppose,"
    Replies a Flea upon his nose;
    "Be humble, learn thyself to scan;
    Know, pride was never made for man."
  • A blockhead, bit by fleas, put out the light,
    And chuckling cried, "Now you can't see to bite."
    • In Greek Anthology.
  • It was many and many a year ago,
    In a District styled E. C.,
    That a monster dwelt whom I came to know
    By the name of Cannibal Flea,
    And the brute was possessed with no other thought
    Than to live — and to live on me.
  • I do honour the very flea of his dog.
    • Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour, Act IV. Sc.4.
  • Then mimick'd my voice with satyrical sneer,
    And sent me away with a Flea in my ear.
  • Panurge auoyt la pulee en l'oreille.
  • So, naturalists observe, a flea
    Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
    And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
    And so proceed ad infinitum.
    Thus every poet in his kind
    Is bit by him that comes behind.

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