„Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.“
— Virginia Woolf, livro A Room of One's Own, A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own (1929), Context: Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare's plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers that these webs are not spun in midair by incorporeal creatures, but are the work of suffering human beings, and are attached to the grossly material things, like health and money and the houses we live in. Ch. 3, pp. 43-44
„Why so negative?' says the spider to the fly. 'Be objective, forget your prejudices'. But there is no way the fly can be objective, however much she may want to be: 'to look at the web objectively, from the outside - what a dream', muses the fly, 'what an empty, deceptive dream'…. Any study of the web that does not start from the fly's entrapment in it is quite simply untrue.“
— John Holloway Mexican sociologist 1947
Change the World Without Taking Power (2002)
„Thou sorrow, venom Elfe.
Is this thy play,
To spin a web out of thyselfe
To Catch a Fly?
To tangle Adams race
To their Destructions, spoil'd, made base
By venom things
— Edward Taylor American poet 1642 - 1729
"Upon a Spider Catching a Fly" St. 1 & 8
— Alexander Mackenzie 2nd Prime Minister of Canada 1822 - 1892
August 1872 debate Sarnia - to Macdonald in declining Macdonald’s offer for Mackenzie to join the Coalition Cabinet in 1865 upon George Brown’s resignation in protest - Buckingham page 324
„"Will you walk into my parlour?" said a spider to a fly;
"'T is the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy."“
— Mary Howitt English poet, and author 1799 - 1888
The Spider and the Fly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„For it stirs the blood in an old man’s heart,
And makes his pulses fly,
To catch the thrill of a happy voice
And the light of a pleasant eye.“
— Nathaniel Parker Willis American magazine writer, editor, and publisher 1806 - 1867
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919), Saturday Afternoon.
„To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1920s, "Coda" from Smart Set (December 1920)
„If the fork is not removed when the spider has arrived it seems to have the same charm as any fly: for the spider seizes it, embraces it, and runs about on the legs of the fork as often as it is made to sound, never seeming to learn by experience that other things may buzz besides its natural food.“
— C. V. Boys British physicist 1855 - 1944
[Boys, C. V., 16 December 1880, The influence of a tuning-fork on the garden spider, Nature, 23, 149–150, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015012106640;view=1up;seq=177]
„In agony unknown He bleeds away His life; in terrible throes He exhausts His soul. "Eloi! Eloi! lama sabachthani?" And then see! they pierce His side, and forthwith runneth out blood and water! This is the shedding of blood, the terrible pouring out of blood, without which, for you and the whole human race, there is no remission.“
— Charles Spurgeon British preacher, author, pastor and evangelist 1834 - 1892
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 73.