Quotes About Snakes

Quotes tagged as "snakes" (showing 1-30 of 31)
Jarod Kintz
“I once saw a snake having sex with a vulture, and I thought, It’s just business as usual in Washington DC.
Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Harry Crews
“That was the only decision there was once upon a time: what to do with the night.”
Harry Crews, A Feast of Snakes

Pat Frayne
“Favorite Quotations.
I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue.
The worth of a book is measured by what you carry away from it.
It's not over till it's over.
Imagination is everything.
All life is an experiment.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”
Pat Frayne, Tales of Topaz the Conjure Cat: Part I Topaz and the Evil Wizard & Part II Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone

Stacy Schiff
“When a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere.”
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

Lemony Snicket
“There is a pair of snakes who have learned to drive a car so recklessly that they would run you over in the street and never stop to apologize.”
Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room

J.R.R. Tolkien
“I shall have to go. But-" and here Frodo looked hard at Sam- "if you really care about me, you will have to keep that DEAD secret. See? If you don't, if you even breathe a word of what you've heard here, then I hope Gandalf will turn you into a spotted toad and fill the garden full of grass snakes."
Sam fell on his knees, trembling. "Get up, Sam!" Said Gandalf. "I have thought of something better than that. Something to keep you quiet, and punish you properly for listening. You shall go away with Mr. Frodo!"
"Me, sir!" cried Sam, springing up like a dog invited for a walk. "Me go and see Elves and all! Hooray!" he shouted, and then burst into tears.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Diane Ackerman
“One morning as I closed the cyclone-fence gate / to begin a slow drift / down to the cookhouse on foot / (because my truck wheels were glued / in deep mud once again), / I walked straight into / the waiting non-arms of a snake, / its tan beaded-bag skin / studded with black diamonds.

Up it coiled to speak to me a eye level. / Imagine! that sleek finger / rising out of the land's palm / and coiling faster than a Hindu rope. / The thrill of a bull snake / startled in the morning / when the mesas lie pooled / in a custard of light / kept me bright than ball lightning all day.

Praise leapt first to mind / before flight or danger, / praise that knows no half-truth, and pardons all.”
Diane Ackerman, I Praise My Destroyer: Poems

F.T. McKinstry
“The older a wizard grows, the more silent he becomes, like a woody vine growing over time to choke a garden path, deep and full of moss and snakes, running everywhere, impenetrable.”
F.T. McKinstry, Crowharrow

Charles Baudelaire
Le serpent qui danse

Que j'aime voir, chère indolente,
De ton corps si beau,
Comme une étoffe vacillante,
Miroiter la peau!

Sur ta chevelure profonde
Aux acres parfums,
Mer odorante et vagabonde
Aux flots bleus et bruns,

Comme un navire qui s'éveille
Au vent du matin,
Mon âme rêveuse appareille
Pour un ciel lointain.

Tes yeux où rien ne se révèle
De doux ni d'amer,
Sont deux bijoux froids où se mêlent
L’or avec le fer.

A te voir marcher en cadence,
Belle d'abandon,
On dirait un serpent qui danse
Au bout d'un bâton.

Sous le fardeau de ta paresse
Ta tête d'enfant
Se balance avec la mollesse
D’un jeune éléphant,

Et ton corps se penche et s'allonge
Comme un fin vaisseau
Qui roule bord sur bord et plonge
Ses vergues dans l'eau.

Comme un flot grossi par la fonte
Des glaciers grondants,
Quand l'eau de ta bouche remonte
Au bord de tes dents,

Je crois boire un vin de bohême,
Amer et vainqueur,
Un ciel liquide qui parsème
D’étoiles mon coeur!”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“Snakes hide in grass, people behind their lies.”

Rosalind  James
“Everything in Australia is trying to kill you, haven't you heard? Half of the ten deadliest snakes in the world live in Queensland. And then there are the poisonous spiders and the jellyfish. Not to mention the crocs and the great white sharks. Another point in favor of New Zealand. Very benign place, En Zed.”
Rosalind James, Just Good Friends

E.B. White
“I am working on a new book about a boa constrictor and a litter of hyenas. The boa constrictor swallows the babies one by one, and the mother hyena dies laughing.”
E.B. White

Aldous Huxley
“Round and round they went with their snakes, snakily...”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
tags: snakes

Darren Shan
“I bite off the fingers and spit them out. Lord Loss screams obligingly. One of the snakes digs its fangs into my bald skull and rips out a chunk of flesh. I snatch the snake from its heartless home and chew its head off. I'm starting to enjoy this biting business.”
Darren Shan, Demon Apocalypse

Donna Lynn Hope
“I'd rather meander through a pit of vipers than love one more person, but since I'm on the subject of snakes, we all know one, or are one.”
Donna Lynn Hope

Anthony Liccione
“A relationship is like being in a forest, where snakes lurk awaiting the chance to entice.”
Anthony Liccione

Scott Lynch
“Live snakes?' said one of the scribes. 'You mean-'
'Yeah,' said Locke. 'They've got scales, they slither around - snakes. Keep up.”
Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves

Sorin Suciu
“He knew for a fact that he was so hopelessly bad at seeing through camouflage that, if left alone in the forest, he might even attempt to make fire by rubbing two snakes together.”
Sorin Suciu, The Scriptlings

Amanda Downum
“A dozen cobras moved as one, shattering their bottles. Wine and glass sprayed the room. The snakes sprang for Isyllt's attacker with fangs unfolded. He screamed high and sharp as they uncoiled, long slick bodies whipping through the air. She wasn't sure if their venom could survive death and pickling, but it didn't seem to matter. After several bites, he curled on the floor, weeping and trying to bat the undead snakes away.”
Amanda Downum, Kingdoms of Dust

Joe Hill
“It was as if the room beyond the blast furnace was a tub and someone had turned the faucets on the cold and hot running snakes.”
Joe Hill, Horns
tags: snakes

Don DeLillo
“People get bitten. But I won't.' I found myself saying, 'You will, you will. These snakes don't know you find death inconceivable. They don't know you're young and strong and you think death applies to everyone but you. They will bite you and you will die.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

Patrick Jennings
“What is with these guys?
Where's the thrill in watching snakes eat?
I certainly didn't thrill in watching humans eat.”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Patrick Jennings
“So I'd been captured? So I was starving?
Did that mean I had to shrivel up and die?
I could still slither. I could still hiss.
Nothing had been stolen from me except my freedom.
What I needed was a new plan.”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Patrick Jennings
“Through the window, I saw the beautiful world outside: the sky, the sun, the cacti, the rocks, and the dirt.
How I longed to return to it! I licked at the air, trying to smell the desert's delicious dusty scent, but could not. How was I able to see it without smelling it? Did humans control scents as well as the temperature and the waters?
Is that what windows were for, to keep out scents? Why did they wish to put invisible barriers between themselves and the world?”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Jarod Kintz
“I thought a stick was a snake. Until it bit me, and then I knew.
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

Hilary Mantel
“I picked up a snake once. In Italy."
"Why did you do that?"
"For a bet."
"Was it poisonous?"
"We didn't know. That was the point of the bet."
"Did it bite you?"
"Of course."
"Why of course?"
"It wouldn't be much of a story, would it? If I'd put it down unharmed, and away it slid?”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Patrick Jennings
“Life in a box was unbearable.
How did humans stand it?”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Patrick Jennings
“I was familiar with humans at this point only from afar, but even from there, I found them a pitiable species: scaleless, fangless, clawless, nearly furless, wingless, venomless, witless.
I honestly didn't understand how they had thrived so.”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Rudyard Kipling
“I hate and fear snakes, because if you look into the eyes of any snake you will see that it knows all and more of the mystery of man's fall, and that it feels all the contempt that the Devil felt when Adam was evicted from Eden. Besides which its bite is generally fatal, and it twists up trouser legs.

("The Return Of Imray")”
Rudyard Kipling

“You will find more snakes in and around my life than the amazon”
Bazil Patel

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