Tiger Sayings and Quotes

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


When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport. When a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.     

John F. Kennedy

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.     

Henry David Thoreau

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.     

Konrad Adenauer

The long run puts the tiger in the cat.     

Bill Squires

Young normal tigers do not eat people. If eaten by a tiger you may rest assured he was abnormal.     

Will Cuppy

No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die.     

Master Funakoshi

A tiger does not proclaim his tigritude, he pounces.     

Wole Soyinka

The tiger will never lie down with the lamb. He acknowledges no pact that is not reciprocal. The lamb must learn to run with the tigers.     

Angela Carter

Better to live one year as a tiger, then a hundred as sheep.     

Madonna Ciccone

The tiger lies low not from fear, but for aim.     

Sherrilyn Kenyon

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.     

William Blake

A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off.     

Chinese Proverb

Tiger watches and hunts; whereas, hyenas wait and wait, for their time, to reach rubbish left by the tiger; similarly, the fools wait, not the wise ones.     

Ehsan Segal

The tiger’s world, by contrast, is not only amoral but peculiarly consequence-free, and this-the atavistic certainty that there is nothing more lethal than itself-is the apex predator’s greatest weakness     

John Vaillant

The tiger will see you a hundred times before you see him once.     

John Vaillant

A tiger does not ignore or slight any small animal. The way he catches a mouse and catches and devours a cow are the same.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Tiger father begets tiger son.     

Chinese Proverb

The tiger is humbled by memories of prey.     

Steven Erikson

A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts.     

Wole Soyinka

A tiger keeps no friends. It's too dangerous.     

Aravind Adiga

A wounded tiger is a dangerous beast.     

Arthur Golden