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.
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
In the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn't pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant a new Elephant an Elephant's Child who was full of 'satiable curiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions.Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories: The Elephant's Child
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.1972 'Crow's Elephant Totem Song'.
"Air! Air!" croaked Kralefsky, "Give me air!" "Interesting," said Colonel Ribbindane. "Saw a pygmy like that once in the Congo... been trapped in an Elephant’s stomach. The Elephant is the largest African quadruped.." "Do get him out," said Mother agitatedly. "Get some brandy." "Fan him! Blow on him!" shrilled Margo, and burst into tears. "He’s dying, he’s dying, and he never finished his trick."gerald durrell
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
They’ve heard about space but they still don’t believe in it. They haven’t been out here to see for themselves that there isn’t any giant Elephant under the earth, holding it up, and a giant tortoise holding up the Elephant. If I say “planet” and “spaceship” to them, they still think “horoscope” and “flying saucer”.fritz leiber
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
When you have got an Elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.Abraham Lincoln, quoted by Charles A. Dana, Recollections of the Civil War (1898), p. 274.
I am not arguing with the scientist who explains the Elephant, but only with the sophist who explains it away.G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man (1925)
They couldn't hit an Elephant at this distance!Who: John Sedgwick,
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