If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
— William Shakespeare

America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
Walter Abish pricks quote

Even Pain pricks to livelier living.
— Amy Lowell

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.
— Napoleon Bonaparte

O if we but knew what we do when we delve or hew -- hack and rack the growing green! Since country is so tender to touch, her being so slender, that like this sleek and seeing ball but a prick will make no eye at all, where we, even where we mean to mend her we end her, when we hew or delve: after-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
— pricks quotation by Gerard Manley Hopkins