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    Flea Quotes

  • "A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas."
    - H L Mencken

  • "They say a reasonable amount 'o fleas is good fer a dog - keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog, mebbe."
    - Edward Noyes Westcott

  • Boswell - Life (on the merits of two minor poets)
    Sir, there is no setting the point of precedency between a louse and a flea.
    - Samuel Johnson

  • Every Man in His Humour
    I do honour the very flea of his dog.
    - Ben Jonson

  • (of P G Wodehouse)
    English literature's performing flea.
    - Sean O'Casey

  • On Poetry
    So, naturalists observe, a flea
    Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
    And these have smaller fleas to bite 'em,
    And so proceed ad infinitium,
    Thus every poet, in his kind,
    Is bit by him that comes behind.
    - Jonathon Swift

  • Imaginary Conversations
    Fleas know not whether they are upon the body of a giant or upon one of ordinary size.
    - Walter Savage Landor

  • A Budget of Parodoxes
    Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
    And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
    - Augustus de Morgan

  • (attributed)
    A man who attempts to read all the new productions must do as the fleas do - skip.
    - Samuel Rogers

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