C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
  • Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
  • Pope.

  • “Will you walk into my parlor?”
  • Said a spider to a fly;
  • “’Tis the prettiest little parlor
  • That ever you did spy.”
  • Mary Howitt.

  • Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit
  • In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
  • If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
  • She feels it instantly on every side.
  • Sir John Davies.

  • Or (almost) like a spider, who, confin’d
  • In her web’s centre, shakt with every winde;
  • Moves in an instant, if the buzzing flie
  • Stir but a string of her lawn canopie.
  • Du Bartas.