Turtle Sayings and Quotes

For turtles, slow and steady wins the race. Since these herbivores don’t have to chase their food like other animals, turtles get to enjoy life at a slower pace. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and humorous turtle quotes.

No man has ever seen a turtle climbing the wall. In order to do the things which are impossible for you, you need to change yourself, and better still, transform yourself into something new!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.     

Bruce Feiler

Try to be like the turtle at ease in your own shell.     

Bill Copeland

The Turtle's teachings are so beautiful. So very special. It teaches us that everything you are, everything you need and everything you bring to the world is inside you, not external, and you carry it with you, and are not limited to a place, space or time.     

Eileen Anglin

Turtles always strike me as devastatingly serious. If turtles could talk, I'd believe everything they said.     

Erin O'Brien

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.     

James Bryant Conant

See the turtle of enormous girth, on his shell he holds the earth. If you want to run and play, come along the beam today.     

Stephen King

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.     

Alex Haley

I'm as self-contained as a turtle. When I put my key in the ignition, I have my home right behind me.     

Esther Tallamy

A leech who, having penetrated the shell of a turtle only to find that the creature has long been dead, deems it expedient to form a new attachment to a fresh turtle.     

Ambrose Bierce

Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.     

Ajahn Chah

Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.     

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

And the turtles, of course all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.     

Dr. Seuss

Oh, a very useful philosophical animal, your average tortoise. Outrunning metaphorical arrows, beating hares in races... very handy.     

Terry Pratchett

All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Slow and steady wins the race.     


Changes in Latitudes began when I was looking at a photograph of a sea turtle swimming underwater. I had such a strong feeling for the beauty of this ancient creature, at home in the sea. On the spot, I wanted to swim with that turtle. I began to imagine a character who would do just that.     

Will Hobbs

As true as steel, as plantage to the moon, as sun to day, at turtle to her mate, as iron to adamant, as earth to centre.     

William Shakespeare