Turtle Quotes & Sayings

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Conant
“And when you look at the Turtle’s movie there is something there, definitely something there.” – Eddie Campbell
“All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.” – Sandy Archibald
“I am now a turtle. Virtually everything I own is on my back and suffice it to say I am one ton lighter and therefore 2,000 pounds happier. All houses are gone.” – Bobby Darin
“‘I know up on the top you are seeing great sights, but down
at the bottom we, too, should have rights.’ ‘Yertle the
Turtle and Other Stories'”
– Dr. Seuss
“I’m as self-contained as a turtle. When I put my key in the ignition, I have my home right behind me.” – Esther Tallamy
“When this is over…we will got to the rainforest, or a beach as white as bone. We will eat grapes from the vine, we will swim with sea turtles, we will walk miles on cobblestone streets. We will laugh and talk and confess. We will.” – Jodi Picoult
“You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something.” – Paul Giamatti
“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell…” – Bill Copeland
“Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” – Alex Haley
“The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, ‘We are serving the same thing,’ but they are. Both are in service to an emerging story of the People that is the defining mythology of a new kind of civilization.” – Charles Eisenstein
“Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart
is ready, peace will come looking for you.”
– Ajahn Chah
“Gypsy was the name my brother gave a pet turtle he had. I always thought it was so peculiar.” – Joel Hodgson
“‘Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,’ the Mock
Turtle replied, ‘and then the different branches of
Arithmetic Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and
– Lewis Carroll
“I am asking you all not to be nettled with me for not answering your letter in spanish I read spanish very well but I don’t write it. The image of Stanley Dixon sitting and pondering is one of the rewards of sea turtle research, and a thing I shall often sit and ponder.” – Archie Carr
“See the turtle of enormous girth, on his shell he holds the earth. If you want to run and play, come along the beam today.” – Stephen King
“…the world kept turning and the Turtle moved.” – Terry Pratchett
“When we were little,” the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, “we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle – we used to call him Tortoise -”
“Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?” Alice asked.
“We called him Tortoise because he taught us,” said the Mock Turtle angrily: “really you are very dull!”
– Lewis Carroll
“If superstition could contradict science, the world may as well be on the back of a turtle. But giving into turtle worship was a bridge too far.” – Thomm Quackenbush
“No man has ever seen a turtle climbing the wall. In order to do the things which are impossible for you, you need to change yourself, and better still, transform yourself into something new!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
“The Turtle’s teachings are so beautiful. So very special. It teaches us that everything you are, everything you need and everything you bring to the world is inside you, not external, and you carry it with you, and are not limited to a place, space or time.” – Eileen Anglin
“What are you?’

‘I’m the Turtle, son. I made the universe, but please don’t blame me for it; I had a bellyache.” – Stephen King

“Human beings can learn valuable lessons in conservation of necessary personal resources for accomplishing the fundamental tenants of life by observing a judiciously paced turtle determinedly and stealthily traversing the world.” – Kilroy J. Oldster
“Even a mentally challenged shark would figure out that sea turtles did not wear boxer shorts printed in flying piggies, and no sea turtle would be yattering streams of obscenities between chain-smoker gasps of breath.” – Christopher Moore
“Pride of one’s work is not improper, unladylike, or vain. We can all take a lesson from the sea turtle. She does not travel thousands of miles or risk all for her ego. She has an instinct for greatness — one that I believe is found in all living creatures.” – Mary Alice
“Not one word was said by Moses or Aaron as to the wickedness of depriving a human being of his liberty. Not a word was said in favor of liberty. Not the slightest intimation that a human being was justly entitled to the product of his own labor. Not a word about the cruelty of masters who would destroy even the babes of slave mothers. It seems to me wonderful that this God did not tell the king of Egypt that no nation could enslave another, without also enslaving itself; that it was impossible to put a chain around the limbs of a slave, without putting manacles upon the brain of the master. Why did he not tell him that a nation founded upon slavery could not stand? Instead of declaring these things, instead of appealing to justice, to mercy and to liberty, he resorted to feats of jugglery. Suppose we wished to make a treaty with a barbarous nation, and the president should employ a sleight-of-hand performer as envoy extraordinary, and instruct him, that when he came into the presence of the savage monarch, he should cast down an umbrella or a walking stick, which would change into a lizard or a turtle; what would we think? Would we not regard such a performance as beneath the dignity even of a president? And what would be our feelings if the savage king sent for his sorcerers and had them perform the same feat? If such things would appear puerile and foolish in the president of a great republic, what shall be said when they were resorted to by the creator of all worlds? How small, how contemptible such a God appears!” – Robert G. Ingersoll

Turtle Proverbs

“Sleepy turtles never catch up with the sunrise.” – Jamaican Proverb
“Trusting in wealth is like looking for feathers on turtles.” – Senegalese Proverb
“Wealth comes like a turtle and goes away like a gazelle.” – Arabic Proverb
“A turtle never abandons its carriage.” – African Proverb

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