Monkey Sayings and Quotes

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

By trying often the monkey learns to jump from the tree.     

African Proverb

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind.     

Joseph Sidwell

Space. It seems to go on and on forever. Then you get to the end, and a monkey starts throwing barrels at you.     

Phillip Fry

The responses of the baby monkey are very similar to those of a human baby.     

Harry Harlow

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.     

H.L. Mencken

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.     

Charles Darwin

I am not nearly so interested in what monkey man was derived from as I am in what kind of monkey he is to become.     

Loren Eiseley

I learned the way a monkey learns by watching its parents.     

Prince Charles

Keep your sense of humor. As General Joe Stillwell said, "The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind.     

Donald Rumsfeld

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.     

Robert Benchley

The most accomplished monkey cannot draw a monkey, this only man can do; just as it is also only man who regards his ability to do this as a distinct merit.     

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

If monkey became a man, then a man can become a hero.     

Amit Kalantri

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.     

Winston Churchill

The problem is to keep the monkey mind from running off into all kinds of thoughts.     

Lee Kuan Yew

Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.     

Malcolm De Chazal

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.     

Robert Hughes

The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother.     

Evan Esar

Instead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey.     

Lin Yutang

Of course there is a monkey. There is always a monkey.     

Doug Dorst

Comedians are the monkeys of acting. When you go to the zoo, everybody loves the monkey exhibit.     

Tracy Morgan

The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey.     

Mark Twain

The monkey is an organized sarcasm upon the human race.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.     


I confess freely to you I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.     

Sir William Congreve

The mind is a monkey, hopping around from thought to thought, image to image. Rarely do more than a few seconds go by in which the mind can remain single-pointed, empty.     

Dani Shapiro

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.     

Robert Wilensky

You never monkey with the truth.     

Ben Bradlee

Distraction is the main problem for us all what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind.     

Tenzin Palmo

Monkey, an arboreal animal which makes itself at home in genealogical trees.     

Ambrose Bierce

Year by year, the monkey's mask reveals the monkey.     

Matsuo Basho