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Fox Quotes & Sayings

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery
“I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“The fox condemns the trap, not himself.” – William Blake

“The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.” – William Blake
“The sleeping fox catches no poultry.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The fox changes his fur but not his habits.” – Anonymous

“Women and foxes, being weak, are distinguished by superior tact.” – Ambrose Bierce
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” – The Bible
“A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.” – Ruth Weston

“A fox may steal your hens, sir, / . . . If lawyer’s hand is fee’d sir, / He steals your whole estate.” – John Gay
“And just like a midsummer nights breeze, she ran away, into the moonlight, a fox, proud and strong. The lone wolf walked away, saddened she was gone.” – Jason Winchester
“He is like the fox, who effaces his tracks in the sand with his tail.” – Niels Henrik Abel

“When I jog it’s like a dancing dog. Well, it’s more of a foxtrot.” – Jarod Kintz
“What a hungry fox constantly dreams of is a chicken!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
“In a society where every man is fox-minded, you need to be foxier than the fox!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good. – Benjamin Franklin
“A fox should not be of the jury at a goose’s trial.” – Thomas Fuller
“An election is coming: Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” – George Eliot

“A prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” – Machiavelli
“With foxes we must play the fox.” – Thomas Fuller
“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” – Archilochus

“Where the lion’s skin falls short it must be eked out with the fox’s.” – Lysander
“She devoured stories with rapacious greed, ranks of black marks on white, sorting themselves into mountains and trees, stars, moons and suns, dragons, dwarfs, and forests containing wolves, foxes and the dark.” – A.S. Byatt
“Sometimes it was possible for me to believe he had practised an enchantment upon me, as foxes in this country may, for, here, a fox can masquerade as human and at the best of times the high cheekbones gave to his face the aspect of a mask.” – Angela Carter
“‘Badgers!’ said Lucy. ‘Foxes!’ said Edmund. ‘Rabbits!’ said Susan.” – C.S. Lewis
“Down the violet wind slid syrinx melodies, wild as foxes, mad as love, strange as wakening.” – Cecilia Dart-Thornton
“Our first point of discussion is the hunt. (…) My idea is to start the film with an image of the vixen locked out of her lair which has been plugged up. Her terror as she’s pursued across the country. This is a big deal. It means training a fox from birth or dressing up a dog to look like a fox. Or hiring David Attenbrorough, who probably knows a few foxes well enough to ask a favour.” – Emma Thompson
“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett
“What I took to be the norm — taut, smooth, supple — was the transient special case of youth. To me, the old were a separate species, like sparrows or foxes.” – Ian McEwan
“When I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.”
– Mary Oliver
“To One who wandered by a lonely sea, and sought in vain for any place of rest:
‘Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest. I, only I, must wander wearily,
And bruise my feet, and drink wine salt with tears.’”
– Oscar Wilde
“Children picking up our bones
Will never know that these were once
As quick as foxes on the hill.”
– Wallace Stevens

Fox Proverbs

“Let every fox take care of his own tail.” – Italian
“You will catch the fox with cunning, and the wolf with courage.” – Albanian
“He who has to do with foxes must look after his hen-roost.” – German
“Old foxes want no tutors.” – Dutch
“So you tell me there are wolves on the mountain, and foxes in the valley.” – Spanish
“It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach.” – French
“An old fox understands the trap.” – Unknown
“A client twixt his attorney and counselor is like a goose twixt two foxes.” – Unknown
“A foolish fox is caught by one leg, but a wise one by all four.” – Serbian
“Relatives are the worst friends, said the fox as the dogs took after him.” – Danish
“When a fox preaches, take care of your geese.” – Unknown
“What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can.” – German