- "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
A man who attempts to read all the new productions must do as the fleas do - skip.
- Samuel Rogers
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