Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.
An Elephant can trumpet and shake the earth but not the self-possession of the ants who hold it.Alistair Cooke, Letter from America, 24 March 1968.
And so these men of Hindustan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right And all were in the wrong. So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen!john godfrey saxe
The archeologist-and-Elephant cartoon (created by Carrol Ellick and Richard Lange) was inspired by John Godfrey Saxe’s famous poem “the Blind Men and Elephant”. Saxe retold a parable from the Udana, a scripture of the Indian subcontinent. One anonymous translation of the original concludes with the Buddha dispensing an uplifting verse.Stephen H. Lekson, in Salado Archaeology of the Upper Gila, New Mexico
IT was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind ), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind .In Wikisource:The poems of John Godfrey Saxe The Blind Men and the Elephant. The version in Jainism is similar as here Elephant And The Blind Men. In Hinduism, Ramakrishna narrates the same parable but with four blind men, in Approaching Humankind: Towards an Intercultural Humanism, p.151
One morning I shot an Elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I don't know.1930 Line delivered in Animal Crackers (screenplay by George Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind).
We all three got up on our Elephant which brought us hither. For my own part I found [it] very uneasy riding, being badly seated and not accustomed (he had such a shuffling, jogging justling pace), sitting hindermost on the ridge of his monstrous massy chine bones, and nothing at all under me (nor they neither) that I wished myselfonfoot and would havelet myselffall off butthat it was somewhat too high. In fine, we alighted off from his back into the upper galleries of the house and saved the labour going upstairs.Peter Mundy
God is really onlyanother artist. He invented the giraffe, the Elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.Quoted in F Gilot and C Lake Life with Picasso (1964), pt.1.
Living next to you is like sleeping with an Elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.1969 Of the US. Speech, National Press Club,Washington DC, 25 Mar. Quoted in Lawrence Martin The Presidents and the Prime Ministers (1982).
Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayst manage to guide an Elephant with a hair.The Guilstan, Chapter III
In desperation I asked Fermi whether he was not impressed by the agreement between our calculated numbers and his measured numbers. He replied, "How many arbitrary parameters did you use for your calculations?" I thought for a moment about our cut-off procedures and said, "Four." He said, "I remember my friend Johnny von Neumann used to say, with four parameters I can fit an Elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk." With that, the conversation was over.freeman dyson
If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument. It is exactly of the same nature as the Hindu's view, that the world rested upon an Elephant and the Elephant rested upon a tortoise; and when they said, "How about the tortoise?" the Indian said, "Suppose we change the subject." The argument is really no better than that.bertrand russell
A tiny sun and moon spin around them, on a complicated orbit to induce seasons, so probably nowhere else in the multiverse is it sometimes necessary for an Elephant to cock a leg to allow the sun to go past. Exactly why this should be may never be known. Possibly the Creator of the universe got bored with all the usual business of axial inclination, albedos and rotational velocities, and decided to have a bit of fun for once.terry pratchett
Buddha , the Blessed One, gives the parable of the blind men and the Elephant to illustrate that partial knowledge always breeds bigotry and fanaticism .Suresh K. Sharma, et al, in Cultural and Religious Heritage of India: Hinduism, pp.4-5
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an Elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.Desmond Tutu, as quoted in Ending Poverty As We Know It : Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage (2003) by William P. Quigley, p. 8
If an Elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.Desmond Tutu, (quoted in Ending Poverty As We Know It : Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage (2003) by William P. Quigley, p. 8)