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With patience and saliva the ant swallows an elephant.
Colombian proverb

Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and
children acting the fool.
Ambrose Bierce

Women and elephants never forget.
Dorothy Parker

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has
no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
Pablo Picasso

When elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers.
African proverb

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
Groucho Marx

An elephant without a keeper is like a man without a wife.
Vietnamese proverb

If you want to be a champion, remember this: Lions walk with lions, hyenas with hyenas and
elephants with elephants. They don't walk together.
Carlson Gracie

The elephant is killed because he has tusks.
Chinese proverb

Gnats, in great numbers, can beat an elephant.
Arabic proverb

I doubt if a charging elephant, or a rhino, is as determined or hard to check as a socially
ambitious mother.
Will Rogers

The elephant does not bite, it is that trunk one fears.
African proverb

Do not make an elephant out of a fly.
Russian proverb

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an
elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will
not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

Women are like elephants to me: Nice to look at, but I wouldn't want to own one.
W. C. Fields

Don't meddle in assisting the elephant in carrying his tusks.
Thai proverb

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.
Andy Rooney

The elephant and tiger are afraid of fire.
Indian proverb

I could easily learn to prefer an elephant to any other vehicle, partly because of that
immunity from collisions, and partly because of the fine view one has from up there, and
partly because of the dignity one feels in that high place, and partly because one can look in
at the windows and see what is going on privately among the family. The Lahore horses were
used to elephants, but they were rapturously afraid of them just the same. It seemed
curious. Perhaps the better they know the elephant the more they respect him in that
peculiar way. In our own case we are not afraid of dynamite till we get acquainted with it.
Mark Twain

The young elephant is born with a thick skin.
African proverb

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the
campfires of gentle people.
Garrison Keillor

If the elephant were not in the wilderness, buffalo would be the greatest.
African proverb

Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? What makes the flag on the mast to wave? What
makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the
muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage!
What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot?
What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got? Courage!
The Wizard of Oz, 1939

An elephant is not affected by sunshine or rain.
Indian proverb

If you're going to move, move like an elephant, not like a hyena.
African proverb

A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be
believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this planet of frogs and elephants, of
crocodiles and cuttle-fish.
G. K. Chesterton

Where an elephant is being killed, none notices the death of a monkey.
African proverb

We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human
traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on
display the very worst of human behavior.
Graydon Carter

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant - the only harmless great thing.
John Donne

If elephants didn't exist, you couldn't invent one. They belong to a small group of living things
so unlikely they challenge credulity and common sense.
Lyall Watson