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Quotations about Scorpions

Welcome to my page of quotations, proverbs, and literary metaphors about scorpions, a creature that loves it here in the Arizona desert. Not an insect yet not really a spider, these dreaded arthropods are interesting beings. Fortunately, they do not seek out human victims but save their stings for defense.  —ღ Terri

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 mind—
No sting so terrible as he must bear
Whose conscience still reproves.
~Author unknown

O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife! ~William Shakespeare, Macbeth, c.1605  [III, 2]

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. –tg]

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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