Tortoise-themed Quotes

The chelonians (turtles and tortoises) are the most bizarre, but in many respects, most conservative of reptilian groups. Because they are still living, they are commonplace objects to us; were they entirely extinct, they would be a cause for wonder.
Alfred Romer, vertebrate paleontologist

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

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.
Lou Gerstner, also a Korean proverb

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

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

I know up on the top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
Dr. Seuss, “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”

All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To find out what others are feeling, don’t prod or poke. If you want play with a turtle, you can’t get it to come out of its shell by prodding and poking it with a stick, you might kill it. Be gentle not harsh, hard or forceful.

The turtle lives ‘twixt plated decks Which practically conceal its sex. I think it clever of the turtle In such a fix to be so fertile.
Ogden Nash

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