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A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and silver eye.

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.


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  • A cube of cheese no larger than a die
    May bait the trap to catch a nibbling mie.
  • 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.
  • You can drop a mouse down a thousand-yard mine shaft; and, on arriving at the bottom, it gets a slight shock and walks away, provided that the ground is fairly soft. A rat is killed, a man is broken, a horse splashes.
    • J.B.S. Haldane On Being the Right Size
  • A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
    With silver claws and silver eye
  • 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.
  • I think if she lived in
    A little shoe-house —
    That little old woman was
    Surely a mouse!
  • The city mouse lives in a house,
    The garden mouse lives in a bower

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • "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."
  • The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole
    Can never be a mouse of any soul.
  • 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.

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