Dolphin Sayings and Quotes

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

If I had to come back in life, I'd come back as a dolphin... they're always smiling; they're always playing.     

Nathan Phillips

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am.     

Captain Beefheart

Never trust a species that grins all the time. It’s up to something.     

Terry Pratchett

Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz – a true rhapsody in blue – are hunted to the edge of silence.     

Jay Griffiths

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English — up to 50 words used in correct context — no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.     

Carl Sagan

When the shark laughs with the dolphin, there is a devilish spirit at play.     

Tahitian Proverb

Skeptics, like dolphins, change when dying.     

Lady Blessington

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.     


Imagine a dolphin dancing in the sky. Let it dance with joy. Think of yourself at the bottom of the ocean watching.     

Yoko Ono

...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage.     


A dolphin's smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion that they're always happy.     

Ric O'Barry

There’s about as much educational benefit studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary.     

Jacques Cousteau

Dolphins are not automatic air-breathers like we are. Every breath is a conscious effort. If life becomes too unbearable, the dolphins just take a breath and they sink to the bottom. They don't take the next breath.     

Ric O'Barry

Sharks are the criminals of the sea. Dolphins are the outlaws.     

Tom Robbins

We do not exploit our dolphins for profit.     

Fidel Castro

Dolphins are social mammals, capable of enjoying their lives. They form close bonds with other members of their group.     

Peter Singer

There's no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more.     

Albert Einstein

No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.     

Douglas Adams

Dolphins : Animals that are so intelligent that, within a few weeks of captivity, they can train a man to stand on the edge of their pool and throw them food three times a day.     

Hal Roach

Dolphins may well be carrying information as well as functions critical to the regeneration of life upon our planet.     

R. Buckminster Fuller

Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature…. It appears to be the fleetest of all animals, marine and terrestrial, and it can leap over the masts of large vessels.     


I invite you to entertain some new beliefs about dolphins … [that] these Cetacea with huge brains are more intelligent than any man or woman..      

John C. Lilly