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The 30 Best Tiger Quotes

Carole Baskin

Tigers are one of the most beautiful animals on planet earth. They have been evoked in literature, proverbs and plays for their majestic strength and beauty.

Here are the 30 best quotes about tigers we could find.

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.Chinese Proverb

Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.Madonna

Women and tigers are exactly alike. They have the same temperament, emotions, and vulnerabilities. They must be spoken to softly — but it doesn’t hurt to carry a big stick just in case.Roy

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Cats, women — if you think they will do something, they will usually do something else.Siefried

O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!William Shakespeare

Van Gogh would’ve sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them.Bill Watterson

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.Henry David Thoreau

When waking a tiger, use a long stick.Mao Tse-Tung

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When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.George Bernard Shaw

Everyone needs a dog to adore him, and a tiger to bring him back to realityUnknown

If you don’t enter the tiger’s den, how can you catch the tiger’s cub?Ban Chao

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.William Blake

The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours.T. S. Eliot

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.Ethiopian Proverb

A man’s good name is as precious to him as its skin is to a tiger.Japanese Proverb

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.Jorge Luis Borges

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.Konrad Adenauer

There is no off switch on a tiger.German Proverb

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.Mao Zedong

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.Amelia Earhart

A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off.Chinese Proverb

All reactionaries are paper tigers.Mao Zedong

You know, tigers are very unpredictable.Suraj Sharma

Don’t be a tiger’s head with a snake’s tail.Chinese Proverb

Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger’s skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.John F. Kennedy

Tiger father begets tiger sonChinese Proverb

In me the tiger sniffs the rose.Siegfried Sassoon

The impact of an attacking tiger can be compared to that of a piano falling on you from a second story window. But unlike the piano, the tiger is designed to do this, and the impact is only the beginning.John Vaillant


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