Rat Sayings and Quotes

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


A rat is neither good nor evil. It does what a rat has to do.     

Jo Nesbo

The same rain that drowns the rat will grow the hay.     

Amy Grant

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in the cage.     

Billy Corgan

Better to share a house with rats than with a dissatisfied lover.     

Marty Rubin

I don't like rats any more than the next bloke, but they ain't wicked and cruel like people can be. They're just ratty in their habits.     

Philip Pulman

Besides, rats survived so well because they were rats. They knew when to keep quiet and they knew when to squeal.     

Danielle Bennett

And you know what happens when a ship gets too many rats on board? It sinks. That's what.I wondered if a ship had ever really sunk that way.     

David Wong

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.     

Edmund Burke

You learned the two greatest things in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.     

Robert De Niro

Rats have a sense of humor. Rats, in fact think the world is very funny. And they are right, dear reader. They are right.     

Kate Dicamillo

Beware of driving men to desperation. Even a cornered rat is dangerous.     

Winston Churchill

Surely what a man does when he is taken off guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. If there are rats in a cellar, you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats; it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me ill tempered; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am.     

C.S.L

it annoys me a bit how people like squirrels but not rats. at the end of the day they're the same thing, except that squirrels have had a better upbringing.     

Karl Pikington

So much of writing is discovery. Sometimes I feel like a rat in a maze, trying to discover the way out. My little heart is beating, and I'm racing down a path thinking, this is the route, it will get me there, as I turn this way and then that.     

Will Hobbs

A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged, Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats Instinctively have quit it.     

William Shakespeare

You're this rat in the American maze, working your way towards the cheese, which is a job.     

Kevin Costner

Our environments shape the way we see ourselves. If you have been condemned to live in an area that is pretty evidently a rat-run, then sooner or later you're gonna come to the conclusion that you're a rat.     

Allan Moore

A rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement.     

Jimmy Reid

Even rats can only be kicked around for so long before they've had enough.     

Joe Cowley

It is worth thought what kind of mind or condition or disposition is open to flattery; for poison would not be spread if the rats ate it not.     

James Vila Blake

When cats are hairdressers, rats will always go around with uncombed hair.     

African Proverb

I’ve never had a rat, never chased one. I chase my own tail and that’s enough. I must now make plans for the day I catch it.     

Chila Woychick

It's a rare moment when we take a break from the tribulations of the daily rat race to reflect on assumptions and values that we casually accept as gospel.     

Graydon Carter

Common hypocrites pass themselves off as doves; political and literary hypocrites pose as eagles. But don't be fooled by their eagle-like appearance. These are not eagles, but rats or dogs.     

Anton Chekhov

It is difficult to systematically beat the market. But it is not difficult to systematically throw money down a rat hole by generating commissions and other costs.     

Michael Jensen

When I listen to songs, I can smell a rat. I like songs that speak to me with some deeper truth.     

Mike Dirnt

I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.     

A.E. Housman