Welcome to my page of quotations, proverbs, and literary metaphors about scorpions. Not an insect yet not really a spider, these dreaded arthropods are interesting creatures. Fortunately, they do not seek out human victims but save their stings for defense.
Scorpions are a mix of lobsters, spiders, wasps, and nightmares. ~Internet meme
He who has been stung by a scorpion is afraid of its shadow. ~Spanish proverb
You know you’re an Arizona native, when you always knock the heels of your shoes on the floor before putting them on, because once—out fell an angry scorpion. ~Don Dedera, You Know You’re an Arizona Native, When…, 1993
Of the SPIDERS and SCORPIONS, five thousand kinds:
These are scattered abroad, on the sea and the shore,
Quite unpleasant to think of, but still it reminds
To be glad there are not many thousand kinds more.
These are eight-legged beauties, with schemes of their own,
And the safest precaution is: Leave them alone!
~William Pallister, Poems of Science, 1931
God did not give wings to scorpions. ~Mexican proverb
We know not which stone the scorpion lurks under. ~Proverb
Such is the terrible and unrelenting nature of this insect, which neither the bonds of society nor of nature can reclaim: it is even asserted, that when driven to an extremity, the scorpion will often destroy itself. ~Oliver Goldsmith, A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, 1824
A man has a right to unrestricted liberty of discussion. Falsehood is a scorpion that will sting itself to death. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Declaration of Rights,” 1812
Each of us as he receives his private trouncings at the hands of fate is kept in good heart by the moth in his brother’s parachute, and the scorpion in his neighbour’s underwear. ~N. F. Simpson, “A Resounding Tinkle,” 1958
There is no Scorpion like a guilty
No sting so terrible as he must bear
Whose conscience still reproves.
O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! ~William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1606
The epigram is a scorpion; as the sting of the scorpion lieth in the tail, the force of the epigram is in its conclusion. ~Lilio Gregorio Gyraldo
Love grasps her scorpions—stifled they expire! ~Robert Burns, “Sappho Redivivus,” 1788–1789
Vampyre booksellers drain him to the heart,
And scorpion Critics cureless venom dart.
~Robert Burns, “To R***** G***** of F*****, Esq.,” 1788–1791 [To Robert Graham of Fintry. Was supposed to be ‘viper critics’ but the error persisted.
Your daughter, whom she bore in hand to love
With such integrity, she did confess
Was as a scorpion to her sight; whose life,
But that her flight prevented it, she had
Ta’en off by poison.
~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, c. 1609 [V, 5, Cornelius]
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