130 Bee Quotes to Teach You the Value of Hard Work

These top 130 bee quotes might just be that little push you need to get back in the groove.

Whether you’re working on a really important work assignment, or if you’re waiting for the right time to start on your passion project, we’re sure you’ll find all the motivation you need from this collection.

Bees are known to be great team players and hard workers. They do their job tirelessly and passionately.

And while it might seem strange that you’ll be getting some powerful words of wisdom from a honeybee, you might as well believe it because there are a lot of things you may uncover from this list.

Let’s get started.

And make sure to read our collection of animal quotes and these dragonfly quotes.

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1. “The busy bee has no time for sorrow.” – William Blake

2. “Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t, they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” – Ray Bradbury

3. “We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between, we garden.” – Anonymous

4. “A bee is an exquisite chemist.” – Royal Beekeeper for Charles II

5. “The bee is domesticated, but not tamed.” – William Longgood

6. “If we die, we’re taking you with us.” – The Bees

7. “When the bee comes to your house, let her have a beer; you may want to someday visit the bee’s house.” – Congo Proverb

8. “Words are like bees—some create honey, and others leave a sting.” – Anonymous

9. “You are the bee’s knees.” – Anonymous

Bee Quotes on Optimism

10. “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

11. “The men of the experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.” – Leonardo da Vinci

12. “To make a prairie, it takes a clover and one bee—one clover, and a bee, and reverie. The reverie alone will do, if bees are few.” – Emily Dickinson

13. “Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; each to his passion; what’s in a name?” – Helen Hunt Jackson

14. “The bee’s life is like a magic well—the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water.” – Karl Von Frisch

15. “Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

16. “The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.” – Democritus

17. “It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.” – Sue Monk Kidd

18. “Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly; but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash

19. “The botanist should make interest with the bees if he would know when the flowers open and when they close.” – Henry David Thoreau

Bee Quotes on Life

20. “That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.” – Marcus Aurelius

21. “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

22. “Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” – Henry David Thoreau

23. “There is nothing perfect—only life.” – Sue Monk Kidd

24. “He is not worthy of the honeycomb that shuns the hives because the bees have stings.” – William Shakespeare

25. “No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein

26. “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.” – Ashley Smith

27. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.” – Sue Monk Kidd

28. “Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about.” – August

29. “The world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you.” – Sue Monk Kidd

Funny Bee Quotes

30. “Take time to smell the roses, and eventually, you’ll inhale a bee.” – Anonymous

31. “Don’t wear perfume in the garden—unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

32. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee—his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” – Muhammad Ali

33. “The only reason for being a bee that I know of is to make honey.” – A.A. Milne

34. “Well, if you have a queen and a group of independent-minded bees that split off from the rest of the hive and look for another place to live, then you’ve got a swarm.” – August

35. “When poets go off the boil, they sound like bumblebees; critics do, they sound like sewing machines.” – Mason Cooley

36. “The film turns out to be about bees. It is a film about a bee center. How crap is this going to be?” – Louise Rennison

37. “Work hard; stay bumble.” – Anonymous

38. “I’m covered in bees!” – Eddie Izzard

39. “Bees, by virtue of a certain geometrical forethought, knew that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material.” – Pappus

Sweet Bee Quotes

40. “For bees, the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.” – Kahlil Gibran

41. “The lovely flowers embarrass me. They make me regret that I am not a bee.” – Emily Dickinson

42. “Let us linger a while in the wonderful old Lilac walk. It is a glory of tender green and shaded amethyst and the grateful hum of bees, the very voice of Spring.” – Alice Morse Earle

43. “One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees.” – Leo Tolstoy

44. “Our mother said she was like Mary, with her heart on the outside of her chest.” – Sue Monk Kidd

45. “We’re all busy little bees, full of stings, making honey day and night, aren’t we honey?” – Bette Davis

46. “You know that feeling where everything feels right? Where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday, where you feel safe and know you’re doing the best you can? There’s a word for that, it’s called love. L-O-V-E.” – Akeelah

47. “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

48. “Our essence has embraced so many others, from the bumbling bees, to the comets in the skies. Stardust is the stuff of which we’re made of, and there ain’t enough words around, to describe.” – Hendrith Smith

49. “In the village, a sage should go about like a bee which, not harming flowers, colour, or scent, flies off with the nectar.” – Anonymous

50. “Gracious words are a honeycomb—sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” – Proverbs 16:24

51. “And most of all would I flee from the cruel madness of love—the honey of poison-flowers and all the measureless ill.” – Tennyson

52. “Life is the flower of which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

53. “To both bee and flower, the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.” – Khalil Gibran

54. “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

Deep and Meaningful Bee Quotes

55. “Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” – John Muir

56. “We think we can make honey without sharing in the fate of bees, but we are, in truth, nothing but poor bees, destined to accomplish our task and then die.” – Muriel Barbery

57. “The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.” – Emily Dickinson

58. “Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” – David Foster Wallace

59. “Every saint has a bee in his halo.” – Elbert Hubbard

60. “It was the bumblebee and the butterfly who survived, not the dinosaur.” – Meridel Le Sueur

61. “The siren heralds a friend; the bee, a stranger.” – Hilda M. Ransome

62. “Bees are the batteries of orchards, gardens—guard them.” – Carol Ann Duffy

63. “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.” – Marcu Aurelius

64. “Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.” – Christy Lefteri

65. “When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.” – Arab proverb

66. “The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness, and in the taste confounds the appetite.” – William Shakespeare

​67. “Honey doesn’t lose its sweetness because it is made by bees that sting.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

68. “One swallow will not make spring, nor one bee honey.” – Proverb

69. “How does a queen bee behave? However she wants to. But please don’t wait for someone to hold the door open for you when your own arms work perfectly fine—do it yourself.” – Whitney Wolfe Herd

Bee Quotes on Hard Work

70. “It takes a bee 10,000,000 trips to collect enough nectar to make 1 pound of honey.” – Sue Monk Kidd

71. “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

72. “A bee is never as busy as it seems; it’s just that it can’t buzz any slower.” – Kin Hubbard

73. “The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.” – Saint Francis de Sales

74. “A work of art, and yet no art of man can work, this work, these little creatures can.” – Geffrey Whitney

75. “No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” – Proverb

76. “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” – St. John Chrysostom

77. “Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise their master’s flower, but leave it having done as fair as ever and as fit to use so both the flower doth stay and honey run.” – George Herbert

78. “For so work the honey bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.” – William Shakespeare

79. “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.” – Jonathan Swift

80. “It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy—the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.” – Anonymous

81. “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour, and gather honey all the day from every opening flower!” – Isaac Watts

82. “Just as the queen bee—the highest-ranking, a peerless creature of her hive—is surrounded by lowly drones to please her, whereas the workers produce honey, the same way is the one who sits on the throne an equal only to himself, and no one’s companion.” – Franz Grillparzer

83. “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” – Srikumar Rao

84. “A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Bee Quotes Filled With Life Lessons

85. “Listen to the bees and let them guide you.” – Brother Adam

86. “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

87. “Even bees—the little almsmen of spring bowers—know there is richest juice in poison flowers.” – John Keats

88. “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.” – Abraham Lincoln

89. “If you need something from somebody, always give that person a way to hand it to you.” – Sue Monk Kidd

90. “If you have no honey in your pot, have some in your mouth.” – Benjamin Franklin

91. “People, in general, would rather die than forgive. It’s that hard.” – Sue Monk Kidd

92. “After you get stung, you can’t get unstung no matter how much you whine about it.” – Sue Monk Kidd

93. “I’m just getting better and better. It’s just like a bunch of worker bees protecting the king bee because I’m not a queen bee. I’m a king bee.” – Shaquille O’Neal

94. “Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee’s temper. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.” – Sue Monk Kidd

95. “I like pulling on a baggy bee suit, forgetting myself, and getting as close to the bees’ lives as they will let me—remembering in the process that there is more to life than the merely human.” – Sue Hubbell

96. “He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.” – Isaiah 7:15

97. “Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.” – William Golding

98. “Just as the seasons change and the honey bees pollinate the planet and make honey, we are also doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing. We also are a part of nature, certainly not separate from nature.” – Bryan Kest

99. “Let us not go hurrying about and collecting honey, bee-like buzzing here and there for a knowledge of what is not to be arrived at, but let us open our leaves like a flower, and be passive and receptive, budding patiently under the eye of Apollo, and taking hints from every noble insect that favours us with a visit—sap will be given us for meat and dew for drink.” – John Keats

Bee Quotes on Survival and Success

100. “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.” – Suzy Kassem

101. “For where’s the State beneath the Firmament That doth excel the Bees for Government?” – Guillaume de Saluste du Bartas

102. “Those bees, which chose thy sweet mouth for their hive, to gather honey from thy works, survive.” – Thomas Pecke

103. “The tools that a society uses to create and maintain itself are as central to human life as a hive is to bee life. Though the hive is not part of any individual bee, it is part of the colony, both shaped by and shaping the lives of its inhabitants.” – Clay Shirky

104. “A careful beekeeper will not take more honey than the colony can afford to miss. Putting the bees in danger for a few frames of honey after a cold, wet summer is counter-productive.” – Paul Peacock

105. “Even the bees I’d swear were sent to protect us in the delicate business of hives and honey are stung to silence by the news that something winged has lost its flight.” – Kristen Henderson

106. “If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldn’t be able to make even a single drop of honey.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

107. “The honeybee’s great ambition is to be rich, to lay up great stores, to possess the sweet of every flower that blooms. She is more than provident. Enough will not satisfy her. She must have all she can get by hook or crook.” – John Burroughs

108. “The queen, I say, is the mother bee; it is undoubtedly complimenting her to call her a queen and invest her with regal authority, yet she is a superb creature and looks every inch a queen.” – John Burroughs

109. “I’m a very eclectic person, and I enjoy multiple tastes; I’m like a bee who jumps from flower to flower.” – Lucia Guadagnino

Quotes About Bees and Collecting Honey

110. “The honey is sweet, but the bee stings.” – George Herbert

111. “It takes a bee to get the honey out.” – Arthur Guiterman

112. “Nothing gives a person more confidence than to be zipped snugly inside a bee suit.” – Suzy Kassem

113. “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.” – Benjamin Franklin

114. “For the honey bee, it is the honey that is important. But the bee is at the same time nature’s vehicle for carrying out cross-pollination of the flowers. Interconnectedness is a fundamental principle of nature. Nothing is isolated. Each event connects with others.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

115. “And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” – A. A. Milne

116. “The key to nature’s therapy is feeling like a tiny part of it, not a master over it. There’s amazing pride in seeing a bee land on a flower you planted, but that’s not your act of creation—it’s your act of joining in.” – Victoria Coren Mitchell

117. “The bee, from her industry in the summer, eats honey all the winter.” – Anonymous

118. “Nature promotes mutualism. The flower nourishes the bee. The river waters quench the thirst of all living beings. And trees provide a welcoming home to so many birds and animals. There is a rhythm to this togetherness.” – Ram Nath Kovind

119. “I have a huge belief in the importance of bees, not just for their honey, which is a healing and delicious food, but the necessity of bee colonies that are vital to the health of the planet.” – Trudie Styler

More Quotes About Bees

120. “A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.” – J. Ray

121. “Where possible, and within reason, adopt a more tolerant attitude to feral bee colonies in buildings, and of hived bee colonies in one’s neighbourhood. If we want bees, we need to make space for them.” – Dr David Heaf

122. “Not a single bee has ever sent you an invoice. And that is part of the problem. Because most of what comes to us from nature is free, because it is not invoiced, because it is not priced, because it is not traded in markets, we tend to ignore it.” – Pavan Sukhdev

123. “In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order.” – Florence King

124. “Droughts especially appear to have accompanied the spirits of the dead in bee-form, and for this reason the honey offering was almost always customary in rain-magic, and the power of predicting rain was attributed to the bee.” – Hilda M. Ransome

125. “Honey bees are amazing creatures. I mean, think about it, do earwigs make chutney?” – Eddie Izzard

126. “I have always had a bee in my bonnet about being seen to do things for myself.” – Jane Fallon

127. “The bird, the bee, the running child, are all the same to the sliding glass door.” – Demetri Martin

128. “If a queen bee were to cross with a Friesian bull, would not the land flow with milk and honey?” – Oliver St. John

129. “Britain’s most useful role is somewhere between bee and dinosaur.” – Harold MacMillan

130. “I think I’m a somewhat nervous bee who just wants to conform. Which, I guess, is common in bees.” – Matthew Broderick

Did This Collection of Bee Quotes Motivate You to Boost Your Work Ethic?

One obvious thing we need to be thankful for is that bees work day and night to produce honey. It’s a staple ingredient in our pantry that we use for many things like cooking meals, desserts, and even our skin care routines. However, bees are more than just about this sweet and delicious product.

They teach us so much about a good work ethic and about how we can be a good team player. They understand that the task ahead of them is so important and so big that they can’t possibly do it alone and inefficiently. This is something we have to recognize in life as well.

We need to clearly define our goals, and understand that sometimes, no matter how personal a goal is, you’ll always need someone to help you—and there’s nothing to be ashamed about that. As long as we keep ourselves open to help, and tirelessly improve our work ethics and efficiency, we too will be able to reach our goals just like a swarm of bees.

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