A mouse (plural: mice) is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter.
- A cube of cheese no larger than a die
May bait the trap to catch a nibbling mie.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.
- But, mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men,
Gang aft a-gly,
An' lea'e us nought but grief and pain,
For promis'd joy.
- Robert Burns,To a Mouse, st. 7 (1785).
- A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and silver eye
- Walter de la Mare, Silver.
- Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.
- Plautus, Truculentus, Act IV, sc. iv, l. 15.
- When a building is about to fall down, all the mice desert it.
- Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, Book VIII, Section 103.
- I think if she lived in
A little shoe-house —
That little old woman was
Surely a mouse!
- Beatrix Potter, The Old Woman.
- The city mouse lives in a house,
The garden mouse lives in a bower
- Christina Rossetti, The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 533.
- I holde a mouses herte nat worth a leek.
That hath but oon hole for to sterte to.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Paraphrase of the Prologue of The Wyves Tale of Bath, line 572.
- The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.
- It had need to bee
A wylie mouse that should breed in the cat's eare.
- John Heywood, Proverbs, Part II, Chapter V.
- "Once on a time there was a mouse," quoth she,
"Who sick of worldly tears and laughter, grew
Enamoured of a sainted privacy;
To all terrestrial things he bade adieu,
And entered, far from mouse, or cat, or man,
A thick-walled cheese, the best of Parmesan."
- Lorenzo Pignotti, The Mouse Turned Hermit.
- The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole
Can never be a mouse of any soul.
- Alexander Pope, The Wife of Bath, Her Prologue, line 298.
- The mouse ne'er shunn'd the cat as thev did budge
From rascals worse than they.
- If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Desmond Tutu, (quoted in Ending Poverty As We Know It : Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage (2003) by William P. Quigley, p. 8)
- The early bird may catch the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.