Elephant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old elephant quotes, elephant sayings, and elephant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


No one in the world needs an elephant tusk but an elephant.

Thomas Schmidt

The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate.

David Herbert Lawrence

I have a memory like an elephant. I remember every elephant I've ever met.     

Herb Caen

Th' unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, us'd all his might, and wreathed His lithe proboscis.     

John Milton

Elephants ear are full of blood vessels and help cool the blood as it travels through the extensive vein network that runs close to the surface.

Jeff Henschel

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

Bill Murray

They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.

General John B. Sedgwick

Only elephants should own ivory.

Yao Ming

The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.

John Dryden

If anyone wants to know what elephants are like, they are like people only more so.     

Peter Corneille

I'm an elephant today. I will need to have lots of room and also a bowl of water on the floor.

Jesse Ball

I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.     

Noel Coward

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.     

John Donne

An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications.     

Lazarus Long

Mediocrity is the elephant in the room.     

Kevin Spacey

You don't shoot elephants, you ride them–you might as well shoot your charger.

King George V

She owned the road as an elephant owns the veldt and like a big blue elephant moved with massive grace and dignity.

David Drake

They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end.     

Robert McCammon

The knife flaying the elephant does not have to be large, only sharp!

Andre Norton

A novelist is an elephant, but an elephant who must pretend to forget.

Mary Mccarthy

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Creighton Abrams

My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the apartment somewhere.     

Steven Wright

If size mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.

Rickson Gracie

When there is an invisible elephant in the room, one is from time to time bound to trip over a trunk.

Karen Joy Fowler

The elephant has just one basic gait: an ambling walk; elephants cannot run or jump like other animals.

Richard D. Estes

The elephant's a gentleman.     

Rudyard Kipling

An Elephant can trumpet and shake the earth but not the self-possession of the ants who hold it.     

Alistair Cooke

As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse.     

The Buddha

So slowly the hot elephant hearts grow full of desire, and the great beasts mate in secret at last, hiding their fire.

David Herbert Lawrence

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. The elephant hauls himself from the mud. In the same way drag yourself out of your sloth.

Buddha