|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite em,|
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
Augustus De MorganA Budget of Paradoxes. P. 377.
|I cannot raise my worth too high;|
Of what vast consequence am I!
Not of the importance you suppose,
Replies a Flea upon his nose;
Be humble, learn thyself to scan;
Know, pride was never made for man.
GayThe Man and the Flea.
|A blockhead, bit by fleas, put out the light,|
And chuckling cried, Now you cant see to bite.
In Greek Anthology.
|It was many and many a year ago,|
In a District styled E. C.,
That a monster dwelt whom I came to know
By the name of Cannibal Flea,
And the brute was possessed with no other thought
Than to liveand to live on me.
Thos. Hood, Jr.The Cannibal Flea. Parody on Poes Annabel Lee.
|I do honour the very flea of his dog.|
Ben JonsonEvery Man in his Humour. Act IV. Sc. 4.
|Then mimickd my voice with satyrical sneer,|
And sent me away with a Flea in my ear.
MochusIdyll IX. Eunica. Beaumont and FletcherLoves Cure. Act III. Sc. 3.
|Panurge auoyt la pulee en l oreille.|
Panurge had a flea in his ear.
RabelaisPantagruel. Ch. XXXI. Simon FormanNotes to Marriage of Wit and Wisdom.
|So, naturalists observe, a flea|
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Thus every poet in his kind
Is bit by him that comes behind.
SwiftPoetry. A Rhapsody.