Frogs Quotes

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Eric Berne
“We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.”
Eric Berne

Brian Tracy
“...you cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.

Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Terry Pratchett
“He wondered what kind of life it would be, having to keep swimming all the time to stay exactly in the same place. Pretty similar to his own, he decided.”
Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

Anthon St. Maarten
“These days when you kiss a prince you often run the risk of turning him into a frog. But don't let the ogres in shining armor get you down. There is no need for distress - you don't want to be anyone's damsel anyway. Simply remind yourself that you are busy racking up those 'frequent failure points' that will eventually pay for an all expenses paid trip to Mr Right.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Karl Pilkington
“There was some women in a café the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about "oh the baby's lovely." They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog. But I thought I don't know her, there's only so much you can say to a stranger. I don't know what kept me from sayin' it.”
Karl Pilkington

Dan Rather
“If frogs had side pockets, they'd carry hand guns.”
Dan Rather

“Come come! Come Out!
From bogs old frogs command the dark
and look...the stars”
Kikaku, Japanese Haiku

Charles Stross
“I spent six hours becoming one with a shrubbery last night. There were three cloudbursts and a rain of small and very confused frogs”
Charles Stross, The Atrocity Archives

Terry Pratchett
“Learning how not to do things is as hard as learning how to do them. Harder, maybe. There'd be a sight more frogs in this world if I didn't know how not to turn people into them. And big pink balloons, too.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Robyn Schneider
“How many beers do y'all think it takes before one internationally scientist turns to another and says, 'Dude, bet you twenty bucks I can levitate a frog with a magnet?' ' Sam drawled.”
Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

Lauren Thompson
“Leap frog over the ladybug.
Leap frog over the bee.
... then leap back home to me!”
Lauren Thompson, Leap Back Home to Me
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Elizabeth Kolbert
“Amphibians—the word comes from the Greek meaning ‘double life.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

John Steinbeck
“That is the way it is done, the way it has always been done. Frogs have every right to expect it will always be done that way.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
“The French are completely without scruples, energy or valor - the Great War castrated them and left them diminished, whiney, mistaking bickering for debate and shrillness for eloquence, they are a nation in such effete decline that Shickelgrubber, when he finally attacks them, might be dancing with the keys to Paris in his hand after a week or two of puny skirmishing.”
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, The Memoirs of Marshal Mannerheim
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Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some women have kissed—and some are kissing—a lot of frogs, even though the very first man that they have each kissed was and is still a prince.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Alice Walker
“He say, Celie, tell me the truth. You don't like me cause I'm a man?
I blow my nose. take off they pants, I say, and men look like frogs to me. No matter how you kiss 'em, as far as I'm concern, frogs is what they stay.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Frog who wants to be a king of the lake by terrorizing other frogs is not a frog but a scorpion or a snake!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Ivan Turgenev
“He has no faith in principles, only in frogs.”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

“I have destroyed almost the whole race of frogs, which does not happen in that savage Batrachomyomachia of Homerr. For in the anatomy of frogs, which, by favour of my very excellent colleague D. Carolo Fracassato, I had set on foot in order to become more certain about the membranous substance of the lungs, it happened to me to see such things that not undeservedly I can better make use of that [saying] of Homer for the present matter—
'I see with my eyes a work trusty and great.'
For in this (frog anatomy) owing to the simplicity of the structure, and the almost complete transparency of the vessels which admits the eye into the interior, things are more clearly shown so that they will bring the light to other more obscure matters.”
Marcello Malpighi

Lisa Kleypas
Drat. Daisy pulled back with a frown. She felt guilty that she had enjoyed the kiss so little. And it made her feel even worse when it appeared Llandrindon had enjoyed it quite a lot.
“My dear Miss Bowman,” Llandrindon murmured flirtatiously. “You didn’t tell me you tasted so sweet.”
He reached for her again, and Daisy danced backward with a little yelp. “My lord, control yourself!”
“I cannot.” He pursued her slowly around the fountain until they resembled a pair of circling cats. Suddenly he made a dash for her, catching at the sleeve of her gown. Daisy pushed hard at him and twisted away, feeling the soft white muslin rip an inch or two at the shoulder seam.
There was a loud splash and a splatter of water drops.
Daisy stood blinking at the empty spot where Llandrindon had been, and then covered her eyes with her hands as if that would somehow make the entire situation go away.
“My lord?” she asked gingerly. “Did you… did you just fall into the fountain?”
“No,” came his sour reply. “You pushed me into the fountain.”
“It was entirely unintentional, I assure you.” Daisy forced herself to look at him.
Llandrindon rose to his feet, water streaming from his hair and clothes, his coat pockets filled to the brim. It appeared the dip in the fountain had cooled his passions considerably.
He glowered at her in affronted silence. Suddenly his eyes widened, and he reached into one of his water-laden coat pockets. A tiny frog leaped from the pocket and returned to the fountain with a quiet plunk.
Daisy tried to choke back her amusement, but the harder she tried the worse it became, until she finally burst out laughing. “I’m sorry,” she gasped, clapping her hands over her mouth, while irrepressible giggles slipped out. “I’m so— oh dear—” And she bent over laughing until tears came to her eyes.
The tension between them disappeared as Llandrin don began to smile reluctantly. He stepped from the fountain, dripping from every surface. “I believe when you kiss the toad,” he said dryly, “he is supposed to turn into a prince. Unfortunately in my case it doesn’t seem to have worked.”
Daisy felt a rush of sympathy and kindness, even as she snorted with a few last giggles. Approaching him carefully, she placed her small hands on either side of his wet face and pressed a friendly, fleeting kiss on his lips.
His eyes widened at the gesture.
“You are someone’s handsome prince,” Daisy said, smiling at him apologetically. “Just not mine. But when the right woman finds you… how lucky she’ll be.”
Lisa Kleypas, Scandal in Spring

Kristen Ashley
“My girl, always hated frogs,” Jackie stated when she’d controlled her hilarity.
“That’s right, Mom,” Feb leveled her irate eyes at her mother, “I’m a girl therefore I hate frogs. I’d get kicked out of the girl club if I didn’t.”
Kristen Ashley, For You

Adam Mickiewicz
“No frogs can sing as well as Polish ones.”
Adam Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz

S.Y. Agnon
“This is in line with what the Yalkut notes: when King David finished composing the Book of Psalms, he boasted to the Holy One, blessed be He, "Master of the Universe! Is there anything in the world that lifts up its voice in song like me?"—upon which a frog appeared before him and said, "Do not be so proud of yourself. I sing more than you do.”
S.Y. Agnon, A City in Its Fullness

Dayna S. Rubin
“Okay, so we know that someone at your place of work hacked into this laptop. That's what we know, that's all we know; let's not jump to conclusions...yet."
"Unless...it's backward...”
Dayna Rubin, A Vetted Asset

Madeleine L'Engle
“He is: frog: unworried by the self-consciousness with which the human animal is stuck; it is our blessing and our curse; not only do we know, we know that we know. And we are not often willing to face how little we know.”
Madeleine L'Engle, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

Paul Doiron
“You can't tell by the look of a frog how far they'll jump.”
Paul Doiron, Trespasser

“No one today can credibly claim to know how the future will turn out. I have been told that while all frogs begin their lives as tadpoles, not all tadpoles become frogs. It seems that in certain artificially controlled environments - and who will deny that our environments are increasingly artificial - some will remain tadpoles their entire lives. At this point in our cultural history we are becoming like the tadpoles of a new kind of humanity. It remains to be seen of one day we will become frogs.”
Robert Pogue Harrison, Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age

“I joined Claudio on an expedition in search of one of the country’s most fabulous freaks, the incredibly rare Southern Darwin’s frog, which was discovered by the big beard himself in 1834 on his epic five year Beagle voyage. What makes this frog so extraordinary is that it has eschewed conventional pond-based metamorphosis for something more sci-fi: after mating the male guards the fertilized eggs until they are close to hatching, then gobbles them up. Six weeks later, like a scene out of Alien, he barfs up baby frogs. He is the only male animal other than the seahorse to give birth, albeit through his mouth.”
Lucy Cooke, The Unexpected Truth About Animals: A Menagerie of the Misunderstood

“Go ahead,” Starflight said. “It’s OK. I’ll watch them.” He shook his wings and puffed out his chest imposingly, which came across a bit like a tree frog trying to look menacing.”
Tui T. Sutherland, The Hidden Kingdom

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Nights can never be real and enjoyable without the croaking of frogs and the chirping of crickets.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

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