Quotes and Sayings about Turtles

One day a tortoise will learn how to fly

Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.
Henry David Thoreau

Tortoises can tell you more about the road than hares.
– Khalil Gibran

The tortoise stores its wisdom in his shell.

The first requirement of politics is not intellect or stamina but patience. Politics is a very long run game and the tortoise will usually beat the hare.

I suppose without curiosity a man would be a tortoise. Very comfortable life, a tortoise has.
– Agatha Christie

What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.
Stephen Hawking


It’s the tortoise’s shell, ugly and hard that protects its life long journey on earth.
– African Proverb

It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring that makes the tortoise to carry his house along with him wherever he goes.

We’re the tortoise that has outrun the hare because it chose the easy predictions.
– Charlie Munger

How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher. The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises.
– B. C. Forbes

In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
– Anita Brookner

I`m the tortoise in the race, but I`m a joyful tortoise

We live in a culture full of hares; but the tortoise always wins

Moving like a tortoise, full of rigor mortis


We called him tortoise because he taught us.
– The Mock Turtle

Good habits are the basic tools that will determine whether you are a tortoise or hare in life!

Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.
– Bruce Feiler

You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something.
– Paul Giamatti

Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.
– Ernest Hemingway

Men who wear turtlenecks look like turtles.
– Doris Lilly

Tortoises are cynics, they always expect the worst.
I dunno, cos it often happens to them I suppose.
– Terry Pratchett

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

I am successful because I have always been a tortoise. I did not come from a rich family. I was not smart in school. I did not finish school. I am not particularly talented. Yet, I am far richer than most people simply because I did not stop.
– Robert Kiyosaki

Turtles carry their homes on their backs. Running her finger over the tattoo, she tells him what her dad told her: They’re exposed and hidden at the same time. They’re a symbol of strength and perseverance. That’s very deep.
– Christina Baker Kline


A turtle without a shell is a very strange thing. Even with shells, turtles are very strange things, with their miniature elephant’s feet, parrot’s beak and ludicrous tail.

The turtle stands on a turtle, which stands on a turtle. That’s the universe in whole, boy. It’s turtles all the way down.
– Bill Willingham

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help
– Alex Haley

The federal government is like a handicapped turtle trying to crawl around and keep up with the rabbit, which is technology.
– James Breithaupt

Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell
– Bill Copeland

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