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: 1902 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.Ted (Edward James) Hughes: 1972 'Crow's Elephant Totem Song'.
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 c.1650).
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.
Nature's great masterpiece, an Elephant.john donne: c.1595-1605 'The Progress of the Soul', stanza 39, collected in Songs and Sonnets (1633).
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: 1930 Line delivered in Animal Crackers (screenplay by George Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind).
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: 1969 Of the US. Speech, National Press Club,Washington DC, 25 Mar. Quoted in Lawrence Martin The Presidents and the Prime Ministers (1982).
You canteach anelephant to dance, butthe likelihood of its stepping on your toes is very high.1993 On the decline of the advertising agencies' monopoly in marketing. In Forbes,15 Mar.
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: 1889 Sylvie and Bruno, ch.5.
The political history of the 20th century is the history of social-engineering projects executed by well-intentioned people that began well and ended badly. There were big errors like communism, but also lesser ones, like a Vietnam War designed by the best and the brightest, urban renewal efforts that decimated neighborhoods, welfare policies that had the unintended effect of weakening families and development programs that left a string of white elephant projects across the world.These experiences drove me toward the crooked timber school of public philosophy: Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, Edward Banfield, Reinhold Niebuhr, Friedrich Hayek, Clinton Rossiter and George Orwell. These writers — some left, some right — had a sense of epistemological modesty. They knew how little we can know. They understood that we are strangers to ourselves and society is an immeasurably complex organism. They tended to be skeptical of technocratic, rationalist planning and suspicious of schemes to reorganize society from the top down.david brooks: Brooks, David (February 23, 2009). "The Big Test". New York Times. Retrieved on February 24, 2009.
Tarzan of the Apes was no sentimentalist. He knew nothing of the brotherhood of man. All things outside his own tribe were his deadly enemies, with the few exceptions of which Tantor, the elephant, was a marked example.And he realized all this without malice or hatred. To kill was the law of the wild world he knew. Few were his primitive pleasures, but the greatest of these was to hunt and kill, and so he accorded to others the right to cherish the same desires as he, even though he himself might be the object of their hunt.His strange life had left him neither morose nor bloodthirsty. That he joyed in killing, and that he killed with a joyous laugh upon his handsome lips betokened no innate cruelty. He killed for food most often, but, being a man, he sometimes killed for pleasure, a thing which no other animal does; for it has remained for man alone among all creatures to kill senselessly and wantonly for the mere pleasure of inflicting suffering and death.And when he killed for revenge, or in self-defense, he did that also without hysteria, for it was a very businesslike proceeding which admitted of no levity.Edgar Rice Burroughs: Ch. 10 : The Fear-Phantom
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.tenzin gyatso: News conference in Vancouver, B.C. as quoted in The Globe and Mail. (8 September 2006)
What is this free enterprise system? It is the law of the jungle applied to economics. It is the law of every man for himself, as the elephant said when he was dancing among the chickens. That is not a bad philosophy if, like the hon. member for York - Sunbury, you happen to be in the elephant class, but it is likely to be depressing if you are a farmer or worker, and belong in the chicken group. Free enterprise means unrestricted competition; the race to the swift and the battle to the strong; nature red in tooth and claw.tommy douglas: Budget Debate, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, March 22, 1943
They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!Who: John Sedgwick,
I'm very concerned because I think the Jews want to drive the elephants to extinction because the trunk of an elephant reminds them of an uncircumcised penis. I'm absolutely serious about that... Jews are sick, they're mental cases.bobby fischer: Radio Interview, July 6 2001 
China is referred to as the ‘dragon’ and India as an ‘elephant’. But we are not an elephant, we are a ‘beehive’.rahul gandhi:
To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size. The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern. I do not suppose that Henry Ford would find much difficulty in running Andorra or Luxembourg on a socialistic basis. He has already more men on his pay-roll than their population. It is conceivable that a syndicate of Fords, if we could find them, would make Belgium Ltd. or Denmark Inc. pay their way. But while nationalization of certain industries is an obvious possibility in the largest of states, I find it no easier to picture a completely socialized British Empire or United States than an elephant turning somersaults or a hippopotamus jumping a hedge.j. b. s. haldane: "On Being the Right Size" in Possible Worlds (1928)
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)
Powder comes across as a cross between Cliff Robertson's Charly , the Elephant Man, Mr. Spock, E. T. and Jesus . He is wise beyond his years, has great compassion and insight, suffers much, and attracts intolerance and meanness even better than lightning . He is also very smart. After an I.Q. test, for example, a psychologist tells him, " All of the tests indicate you have the most advanced intellect in the history of mankind . Do you understand what that means?" (If Powder's so smart, why does he have to ask?)Roger Ebert in his review of Powder in The Chicago Sun-Times (27 October 1995)
I've never told anyone this, but I suffer from terrible stage fright. True. You can't tell though, can you? Unbelievable, the panic. I nearly die of fear before I go on stage. Something wicked. I can't eat a thing the day before a gig. It'd make me vomit. Once I come off? I could eat a scampied elephant between two buttered mattresses. But I'm kinda glad about the stage fright. I've read Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud about their terror. And I reckon it's what gets the adrenalin going.john lydon: Interview: Seven Magazine in the London Telegraph (6 January 2008)
If the excrement of an elephant should be smeared on skin in which lice appear and left until it dries upon the skin, the lice will not remain on it but will depart immediately. If the fat of an elephant is smeared with it, it is said to cure the pain of one who suffers a headache; it is even said that if an ounce of elephant bone is drunk with ten ounces of wild mountain mint from something which a leper first touched, it does the most for a headache.albertus magnus: Twenty-Six Books on Animals; cited in: Plinio Prioreschi (1996) A History of Medicine: Medieval Medicine. p. 94
We shall crush out this rebellion as an elephant would trample on a mouse.Overconfident Union supporter at the start of the Civil War (1861).
This book you've read is just a story. I made it up. It is not designed to change anyone's beliefs or worldview, unless after reading it you've decided to be kinder to your fellow humans (which is okay), or you decide you really would like to teach yoga to an elephant, in which case, please get videotape.christopher moore: Afterword : Teaching Yoga to an Elephant
A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.jacqueline kennedy onassis: On a 1962 visit to India quoted in A Hero for Our Time (1983) by Ralph G Martin
It's like God's. God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.pablo picasso: Picasso quoted in 'TIME'; Quoted in: The Atlantic, Vol. 214 (1964), p. 97