Elephant Sayings and Quotes

Often perceived as gentle giants, elephants have captivated humans all over the world for generations. Perhaps this is because, like us, they are social creatures. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and humorous quotes about elephants.

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

Bill Murray

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

John Dryden

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

John Donne

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

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

Thomas Schmidt

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

Only elephants should own ivory.     

Yao Ming

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

Peter Corneille

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

Noel Coward

An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications.     

Lazarus Long

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

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

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

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


Elephants love reunions. They recognize one another after years and years of separation and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There's bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine.     

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Our elders say that an elephant does not find its own trunk heavy.     

Zakes Mda

He frowned as he struggled to remember. It was like watching an elephant crochet.     

Val McDermid

He who mounts a wild elephant goes where the elephant goes.     

Randolph Bourne

Just in case you thought elephants were all sweetness, I can attest to the fact that this one had the time of her life scaring the bejeezus out of those dudes.     

James Patterson

When you have got an Elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.     

Abraham Lincoln

When there's an elephant in the room introduce him.     

Randy Pausch

Elephants don't know anything about the world of ants; the peaks of mountains are oblivious of what is happening on the plains!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

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

David Herbert Lawrence