When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
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
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'.
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
Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayst manage to guide an Elephant with a hair.The Guilstan, Chapter III
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
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
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,