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Six Animal Quotes Smart People Take Seriously

Updated on May 7, 2017
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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)

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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)

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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

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"Mosquitoes belong to the insect family, yes, but the insect family belongs to the phylum Anthrpodia which in turn 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)

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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. Perhaps they 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

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      Peg Cole 7 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      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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      Bill Holland 7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      My dad had a quote about 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.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

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      Louise Powles 7 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Mary Wickison 7 weeks ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Magicality LM 7 weeks ago

      Great proverbs!

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Lori Colbo 7 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      whonunuwho 7 weeks ago from United States

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      manatita44 7 weeks ago from london

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      manatita44 7 weeks ago from london


      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 7 weeks ago from No Idea Where

      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!),


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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      William Kovacic 7 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Demas W Jasper 6 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I liked the concluding quotes the best of all.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Linda Crampton 6 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 weeks ago from Texas

      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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Tamarajo 5 weeks ago

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 weeks ago from Central Florida

      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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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