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Baby bye
Here's a fly,
Let us watch him. you and I,
How he crawls
Up the walls
Yet he never falls.

Flies are insects of the order Diptera (di = two, and ptera = wings). They possess a pair of wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax. The presence of a single pair of wings distinguishes true flies from other insects with "fly" in their name.


  • I am perfectly willing to share the room with a fly, as long as he is patrolling that portion of the room I don't occupy. But if he starts that smart-ass fly shit, buzzing my head and repeatedly landing on my arm, he is engaging in high-risk behavior.
  • God in His wisdom made the fly
    And then forgot to tell us why.
    • Ogden Nash, The Fly, reported in John MacKay Shaw, Childhood in Poetry (1967), Volume 3, p. 1856.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 282.
  • We see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb.
  • It was prettily devised of Æsop: The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise!
    • Francis Bacon, Of Vain-Glory, attributed to Æsop but found in Fables of Laurentius Abstemius.
  • We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king.
  • The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets.
    • John Gay, The Beggar's Opera, Act II, scene 2, line 35.
  • To a boiling pot flies come not.
  • I saw a flie within a beade
    Of amber cleanly buried.
  • The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt.
    • Isaiah, VII. 18.
  • A fly sat on the chariot wheel
    And said "what a dust I raise."
  • Busy, curious, thirsty fly,
    Drink with me and drink as I!
    Freely welcome to my cup,
    Could'st thou sip and sip it up;
    Make the most of life you may;
    Life is short and wears away.
  • Oh! that the memories which survive us here
    Were half so lovely as these wings of thine!
    Pure relics of a blameless life, that shine
    Now thou art gone.
  • Baby bye
    Here's a fly,
    Let us watch him. you and I,
    How he crawls
    Up the walls
    Yet he never falls.

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