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Flies may not be everybody’s favourite mini-beasties but they come in amazing colours and patterns, and you might be surprised how many famous people have mentioned them in their quotations.

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‘A closed mouth catches no flies.’ ~ Miguel de Cervantes

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‘As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.’ ~ William Shakespeare

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‘Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.’ ~ Honore de Balzac

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‘A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.’ ~ Benjamin Franklin

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‘Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.’ ~ Isaac Watts