For the past decade, Ms.Dora 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.
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! - Proverbs 6:6 (NLT)
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.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. - Psalm 32:9 (NLT)
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.
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, and it is difficult 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.”
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.-Dalai Lama XIV
People in tropical climates hate the mosquito and it is not only because of the insect's bite. 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.
Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. - Matthew 7: 6 (NLT)
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.
Try to be like the turtle-- at ease in your own shell. - Bill Copeland
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
- "No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." —Abraham Lincoln
- "Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder." —Greek Proverb
- "A wounded deer leaps the highest."—Emily Dickinson
- "The dog that trots about finds a bone." —Golda Meir
- "Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole." —Samuel Richardson
- "Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey." —Malcolm de Chazal
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