Who is sting?

Famous quotes containing the word sting:

    Then, welcome each rebuff
    That turns earth’s smoothness rough,
    Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
    Robert Browning (1812–1889)

    I always put these pert jackanapeses out of countenance by looking extremely grave when they expect that I should laugh at their pleasantries; and by saying Well, and so?—as if they had not done, and that the sting were still to come. This disconcerts them, as they have no resources in themselves, and have but one set of jokes to live upon.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    I perceive I have not really understood any thing, not a single
    object, and that no man ever can,
    Nature here in sight of the sea taking advantage of me to dart upon me and sting me,
    Because I have dared to open my mouth to sing at all.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)