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Six Animal Quotes Smart People Take Seriously

For the past decade, MsDora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

Stop, think and find meaning among a few of the animal quotes which can trigger new awareness in those who consider them seriously. They have the potential to initiate attitude and behavior adjustment, as well as deep appreciation for some of the animals.

The Ant

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! - Proverbs 6:6 (NLT)

Photo by  © Leandro Gomes Moreira / São Paulo-SP

Photo by © Leandro Gomes Moreira / São Paulo-SP

Ants are admired for their commitment to community. Together they build homes deep into the earth where bad weather cannot disturb them. Together they move objects too heavy for one of them to carry. Gill’s Exposition mentions that they travel “over flints and stones, climb trees, enter into towers, barns, cellars, places high and low, in search of food” and in a season of plenty, they save for the time of famine.

They teach teamwork to loners; diligence to those who feel like giving up after the first try; organization to those who work haphazardly; wisdom to those who do not count the cost of being foolish. People who are lazy, who sleep late, who refuse to leave their comfort zones, who procrastinate may learn a new lesson every time they watch ants in action. Truth is, we all can.

The Horse

Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. - Psalm 32:9 (NLT)

Photo by Alain Laurioux

Photo by Alain Laurioux

Horses and mules cannot be left to their own sense of judgment because they have none. They have to be controlled by force. The training guide reads: “The bit goes inside the horse's mouth, where it presses on the tongue and applies pressure to the bars in the mouth. It is assisted by bridle types that create additional pressure around the horse's head—cheeks, chin or nose. The idea is that, by moving away from the discomfort of the pressing bit, the horse moves in the direction the rider wants to go.”

So what tools do we use to control humans who display out-of-control behavior? Bit and bridle should not be necessary. Unlike horses, healthy humans have consciences, reasoning abilities and moral values.

The Lion

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies. - Proverb

The lion, king of the jungle, is a symbol of strength and courage, royalty and stateliness. It can weigh as much as 240 lbs. It’s roar can be heard up to 8km (5 miles) away. However, if it obtains an open wound, or the blood of its prey settles on its skin, it becomes a target for flies.

The video above shows how difficult it is for the lion to swat a fly. There have been incidents of lions being pestered to death by blood-sucking flies. “The big cats are so traumatized by the experience that they forget to eat, and spend all their time trying to hide, climbing up trees and crouching in long grass.” (BBC News, 3/16/2001).

When humans underestimate the strength and skill of people who are smaller in stature--physical, social or otherwise, their pride may be forced to respond, “Please be a lion and eat me. Better than being a fly and pester me.”

The Mosquito

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.-Dalai Lama XIV

Mosquitoes belong to the insect family which belongs to the kingdom Animalia, which makes the mosquito an animal." - Yahoo Answers

Mosquitoes belong to the insect family which belongs to the kingdom Animalia, which makes the mosquito an animal." - Yahoo Answers

People in tropical climates hate the mosquito and it has nothing to do with the insect's size. Even without biting, the mosquito is a nuisance flying and buzzing across the faces of people trying to sleep. When the Aedes aegypti, (shown in the picture) bites, this creature typically about 4–7mm (0.16 - 0.27in) in length can infect entire countries with viruses which cause crippling diseases.

All the mosquito does is stay true to its nature: it bites to survive. It demonstrates that it is not the size of the worker, but the purpose and the passion that make the work count.

The Pig

Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. - Matthew 7: 6 (NLT)

The Pig Likes Mud

The Pig Likes Mud

According to Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, the pig refers to “those who are corrupt, polluted, profane, obscene, and sensual.” They like the mud.

Pearls refer to “anything especially precious.”

Therefore this proverb advises to share precious life-affirming gifts (like wise counsel, second chances, alternative perspectives and especially the gospel) with people who value them; not with those who make it a habit to abuse good things and curse the giver for offering what they did not request. A good idea is to save the pearls for people who recognize their value, and who accept their personal worth as deserving of the treasures.

The Turtle

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

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The turtle is a sea animal while the tortoise (commonly referred to as a turtle) lives on land. One major commonality is their thick outer shell. Perhaps some other animals are jealous of their built-in covering. Still others may ridicule them about the constant weight on their backs. Either way, it does not matter to these reptiles.

The turtle knows the value of its flat streamlined shell designed to aid it in swimming and diving; and the tortoise feels secure under its dome-shaped shell designed to protect it from predators.

How many times during their long life span (for the tortoise as many as 80 years) do you think these reptiles wish to be different creatures? They do not socialize; they do not seek approval. They may have figured out how to accept the things they cannot change.

Six More Meaningful Animal Quotes

  1. No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. - Abraham Lincoln
  2. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder. ~Greek Proverb
  3. A wounded deer leaps the highest. Emily Dickinson
  4. The dog that trots about finds a bone. - Golda Meir
  5. Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole. Samuel Richardson
  6. Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.- Malcolm de Chazal

© 2017 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 11, 2017:

Thanks, Peg. I reread them too. I once knew a couple who fight almost every night and she too was pregnant quite often. Like animals, like people.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 10, 2017:

Came back for a review of these meaningful quotes. Love the one by Abe Lincoln about cats and kittens.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 02, 2017:

Thanks, Kari. Seems that there is something to learn from every living creature.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on September 29, 2017:

I really enjoyed the Dali Lama quote. It is so true that no one is too small to make a difference. This is a wonderful article!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 12, 2017:

Thanks, Jackie. The credit for any and all of my creativity goes to God. I also thank Him for encouraging friends like you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 12, 2017:

How did I miss this? You have such a unique way of teaching us Dora. You really shine showing the uniqueness of the creator of all things!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 07, 2017:

Suresh, thank you for the comment. Glad you approve!

Suresh10av on September 07, 2017:

Wonderful messages, thanks for sharing

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 06, 2017:

Yeswanth, thanks for stopping by. Glad that you liked the article.

yeswanth on July 06, 2017:


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 12, 2017:

Shauna, I with you concerning that mosquito. Here in the Caribbean we have zero tolerance for them. Thanks for your input.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 12, 2017:

Very uplifting article, Dora. Truthfully, I haven't heard many of these quotes, but I love the way you present them and how we can take heed to their behaviors. However, I will never have an appreciation for mosquitoes!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 19, 2017:

Tamarajo, thanks for your encouragement. The mosquito may be hated for being such a pest, but it keeps on surviving. It deserves to make this list because of its message to people who underestimate themselves.

Tamarajo on May 18, 2017:

Hi Dora,

Interesting collection of animal quotes. I never would have imagined the mosquito making the list.

I find the lesson of the ant the most useful. They really are so very persistent and focused. Tear up their ant hill and they just build a new one.

There is a lesson in everything. Good read.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 14, 2017:

Shyron, thanks for your feedback. There are so many lessons to learn from the animals. The horse reminds us to take control or have someone else control us.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 14, 2017:

Ms. Dora, thank you for the life lessons. This is all very interesting, especially the horse, I never thought about it this way.

Blessings my friend

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 13, 2017:

Thanks, Linda, for your positive feedback on this article. These quotes show that there are many lessons we can learn from these fine creatures, if we pay attention.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2017:

The quotes and your analysis are very interesting. You chose a great topic for an article!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2017:

Perspycacious, thanks for your feedback. I appreciate you noticing and commenting on those quotes. There are many others where those came from.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 10, 2017:

I liked the concluding quotes the best of all.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 10, 2017:

Bill, thanks for your kind comment. Happy when my readers appreciate my efforts.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 10, 2017:

Interesting article, Dora. You always go in a direction I don't expect - animal quotes, but yet the points you make are always relevant and useful. Thanks for another job well done!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 09, 2017:

Tamara, I hope that you slept well and that you found the spider dead. See how the little creatures can impact our lives? Thanks for your input.

Tamara Moore on May 09, 2017:

Ha ha...I like the one about Mosquitoes! It is funny:-) I like Abraham Lincoln's quote, too, and had never thought about that! This is such a creative article! I like it very much. Speaking of animals, and bugs, I am sleeping out on the couch tonight because a spider was in my bedroom, and I don't know where it went. I think it had rabies.

Hugs, (& still nervous!),


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 08, 2017:

Thanks, Manatita. Thanks for the information. I will check it out.

manatita44 from london on May 08, 2017:


I believe it's called the Avahuta Gita or something similar. It is a very devotional piece and Christ was essentially a Bhakta -- a supreme Lover of the One.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 08, 2017:

Manatita, methinks that the story of the sage would be very interesting. Thanks for your kind comments.

manatita44 from london on May 08, 2017:

Very well done and quite original, to me. I love the way that you use animals to teach. There is a beautiful story in one of the Indian scriptures, where a Sage learnt from about 24 animals, I believe.

Yes, yes. Ants are so industrious! Their spirit of teamwork is amazing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 08, 2017:

Thanks, Chitrangada. The ants are among my favorite, too. I should pay more attention to the bees. Let's just keep our eyes and minds open.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 08, 2017:

Thanks Jodah. There is so much inspiration for god thoughts and animals are just one source. Glad you like these.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 08, 2017:

What an inspirational and thought provoking hub!

We do see them almost everyday or hear about them but we need to learn from these creatures. I particularly find the Ants and the bees very inspiring. Good thought to write about them and make people think.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 07, 2017:

Great saying and good lessons to be learnt here. Thank you for sharing MsDora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Whonu, thanks for your input. It may be that the creatures are just more trusting of their Heavenly Provider. Humans with their reasoning skills tend to trust in themselves and therein lies our problem.

whonunuwho from United States on May 07, 2017:

I enjoyed reading this MsDora. Seems sometimes the little critters are superior to us in reasoning and self-acceptance. Blessings my friend. whonu

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Lori, thanks for that additional insight. I learned that the bit and bridle sometimes cause pain to the animal. Certainly, meekness in the person guiding the horse can lessen or even erase the discomfort. Of course, it carries over to God's leading us.

Lori Colbo from United States on May 07, 2017:

Very cool and interesting. You mentioned the bridle and bit for a horse. If you research the word meekness you will find it means strength under control. The analogy of the bit and bridle to guide a big, powerful animal is an interesting thing. Nice job.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Thanks, Magicality. Humans can learn even from the observation you made.

Magicality LM on May 07, 2017:

Great proverbs!

A lot of animals tend to live a lot better in harsh conditions.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Mary, swine was used in the original translation. The New Living Translation is more recent and renders it pigs. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Flourish, thanks for your input. It's good that at least two of the lessons appeal to you. Those two quotes were new to me until my research.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on May 07, 2017:

All of these, other than the one regarding pigs was new to me. I never understood the pearls before pigs, although I have heard it as pearls before swine. Thanks for clarifying it.

These are very pertinent and timeless quotes and we can draw lessons from them.

Ants as you say work tirelessly together for the survival of the whole group.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 07, 2017:

I particularly liked the lion and turtle lessons. This was enriching and entertaining.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Louise, these creatures are simply amazing! They're worth the time out to admire them. Thanks for your input.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Thanks Eric. If only we would take the time to look and listen to Nature! I agree with you. That's a great school.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Thanks, Bill. I've seen your dad's quote-another fine one! Hope you also are having a great Sunday.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:

Thanks, Peg. There is really so much to learn from the animals. Your summary is excellent.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 07, 2017:

I love lions. They are such graceful and elegant creatures. And I like ants too. I saw a programme about ants once and they are surprisingly very clever little creatures. It's fascinating how they build their homes.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 07, 2017:

Really really good. What a great way to learn about life. Nature is one of our finest teachers. Thanks for this.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 07, 2017:

My dad had a quote about pigs...you can put a dress on a pig but you still won't have a date for the prom. :) Loved your quotes, my friend, and I wish you a marvelous Sunday.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 07, 2017:

Six creatures that can teach us much about tolerance, strength, patience and endurance. Ants are fascinating to watch. Their their teamwork and combined strength teach valuable lessons. So true about the mosquito and the fly. Great quotes to keep in mind.

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