He thought he saw an Elephant, That practised on a
fife: He looked again,
and found it was A letter from his
wife. 'At length I
realize,' he said 'The bitterness of
life!' Dodgson Sylvie and Bruno, ch.5.
Nature's great masterpiece, an Elephant. John Donne c.1595^1605 'The Progress of the Soul', stanza 39, collected in
Songs and Sonnets
And the elephant sings deep in the forest-maze About a star of
deathless and painless peace But no astronomer
can find where it is. Ted (Edward James) Hughes 'Crow's Elephant Totem Song'.
But there was one Elephanta new Elephantan Elephant's
Childwho was full of 'satiable curtiosity, and that means he
asked ever so many questions. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories,'The Elephant's Child'.
One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas
I don't know. Groucho originally Julius Henry Marx Marx Line delivered in Animal Crackers (screenplay by
George Kaufman and Morrie
You canteach anelephant to dance, butthe likelihood of its stepping on
your toes is very high. Gary Moss On the decline of the advertising agencies'
monopoly in marketing. In
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 c.1620 On riding on an elephant. Travels (pubished
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. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso 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. Pierre Elliott Trudeau Of the US. Speech, National Press Club,Washington
DC, 25 Mar. Quoted in
Lawrence Martin The Presidents and the Prime Ministers (1982).