You can't expect something different from someone who hasn't done anything to change. Don't stunt your growth waiting on someone who doesn't want to grow with you.
— Tony Gaskins

stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.
— Robert Browning

The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign.
— Primo Levi

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
— Kenneth Kaunda

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
— Alexander Pope