Quotes About Elephants

"You know ... they say an elephant never forgets.
What they don't tell you is, you never forget an elephant."

Actor Bill Murray , at the end of the motion picture 'Larger Than Life', after elephant Vera (played by Tai) is loaded aboard a transport plane bound for 'home' in the wild.

Not too near and not too far
Out of the stress of the crowd
Music screams as elephants scream
When they lift their trunks and scream aloud
For joy of the night when masters are
Asleep and adream.

Columbia University Web Search Result http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/lawrence/new21.html
Lawrence, D. H. 1919. New Poems: Hyde Park at Night: Clerks.

"And the corn is as high as an elephant's eye"

From the song "Oh What A Beautiful Day" in the Broadway musical Oklahoma!
by Lerner and Lowe.

And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.

Book of Mormon ETHER 9:19

And let no one fancy that the author was at all astray when he compared the friendship of these animals to that of men; for men have received many lessons from beasts, and learned many important things, as, for example, the clyster from the stork, vomit and gratitude from the dog, watchfulness from the crane, foresight from the ant, modesty from the elephant, and loyalty from the horse.

Miguel de Cervantes, in Don Quixote

"The record of the elephant is in no way inferior to that of the horse or dog. In agriculture and commerce he has, like them, been used in tilling the soil and transporting merchandise; and, like them, also has carried out this work in conditions which have made him almost indispensable."

S. Eardley-Wilmot, "The Life Of An Elephant", 1912

So geographers, in Afric maps,
With savage pictures fill their gaps,
And o'er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.

Jonathan Swift. 1667-1745. Poetry, a Rhapsody.
Columbia University Web Search Result

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God. Hast thou not seen what thy Lord did with the fellows of the elephant?

Koran The Chapter Of The Elephant

"Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad."

Physician and Sage Sri Swami Sivananda (born 1887 India)

[1] Writing to me on this matter, she said, "Professions are all very well for those who have connection and interest as well as capital, but otherwise they are white elephants.

[2] Ellen told him that he might take a house in some small street, say near the "Elephant and Castle,"

Samuel Butler "Way of All Flesh"

There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisedom of almighty God as the Elephant.

Edward Topsell "The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes" (1607)

ULYSSES: The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy; his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.

Shakespeare "Troilus and Cressida"

"Want an Elephant, love?"

Fictional character Carol-anne Palutski to Detective Superintendent Richard Jury, offering him a Carlsberg Elephant brand malt liquor in the mystery novel "The Deer Leap"
(c)1985 by Martha Grimes. Dell paperback ISBN 0-440-11938-3. page 21.

Yes, I could see these enormous elephants, whose trunks were tearing down large boughs, and working in and out the trees like a legion of serpents. I could hear the sounds of the mighty tusks uprooting huge trees!

Jules Verne "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

What is bigger than an elephant? But this also is become man's plaything, and a spectacle at public solemnities; and it learns to skip, dance, and kneel.

Plutarch 46(?)120(?) A.D.
(From Dryden's translation of Plutarch's Lives, corrected and revised by A. H. Clough.)
Columbia University Web Search Result

"At a place called 'The Ark', I experienced my first real-life glance at about 30 elephants altogether walking up the side of a wooded mountain, unthreatened and undisturbed. I felt truly like I had gone to heaven."

A letter in Members' Mailbox, International Wildlife Magazine, Sept/Oct 1997,
from Rita M. Shiver about her trip to Kenya and Tanzania.

"People make fun of me sometimes, but they don't know that ol' Rocky DiNucci has the memory of an elephant. If I seen you before I'll figure out where. Yessir, Bob, ol' Rocky the elephant'll figure out where."

Words spoken by fictional character in medical mystery thriller novel "Extreme Measures" by Michael Palmer copyright1991

"No other animal has left such a rich and plentiful succession of traces of its prehistoric physical existance over a period of millions of years, nor provided deeper insights into evolutionary processes over the vast span of earth history, as the elephant."

Elephants: A Cultural and Natural History, pg 39, by Karl Gröning & Martin Saller
ISBN 38290 17529 copyright1998 Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Cologne

"Studying elephants is like going back into prehistoric times. In size, elephants are the closest thigns we have to dinosaurs. There are days when I feel as though there is nothing we can do for elephants -- I feel that the only good I am doing is recording the extinction of one of the most magnificent animals that ever walked the earth."

Thunder Cave by Roland Smith ISBN 0786811595
[ In a letter to his son Jake in New York from fictional wildlife biologist Dr. Robert Lansa studying elephants in Kenya during severe drought. ]

"Women are like elephants. I like to look at 'em, but i wouldn't want to own one."


"The elephant has always been shown by our surveys to be the number one attraction; it is the icon of our industry. There is something about them. They just take over!"

Heidi Herriot
Outdoor Amusement Business Association
in JEMA (Journal of the Elephant Managers Association) vol 10 no. 2 May-August 1999

"An elephant looks large, and it is large, but you have no real idea of how large until you are on its back ten feet above ground and can feel the power of it moving beneath you."

Wayne Hepburn, Himandus.net webmaster,
riding an Asian elephant with three of my grandchildren at Audubon Zoo, February 1992

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