Snakes Quotes

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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

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

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

Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“It's good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren't actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are.”
Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

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

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

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

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

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

Arti Manani
“The voices inside her head had awakened from their peace as they hissed in whisper through her ears. They slithered inside Sophia's mind and through her thoughts, entrancing her under a spell of anxiety, spilling all of her worries that she had stored away.”
Arti Manani, The Colours of Denial

Hannah Rothschild
“The one area that Winkleman avoided was dealing in contemporary art, which Memling described as "shooting poisonous snakes with a water pistol.”
Hannah Mary Rothschild, The Improbability of Love

“A beggar is as vulnerable as a chameleon.”
Goitsemang Mvula

Shaun David Hutchinson
“The trails held a million places for those beady-eyed death noodles to hide.”
Shaun David Hutchinson, At the Edge of the Universe

Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“Snakes, after all, have a great sense of decorum and order.”
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

D.H. Lawrence
“Sometimes snakes can’t slough. They can’t burst their old skin. Then they go sick and die inside the old skin, and nobody ever sees the new pattern. It needs a real desperate recklessness to burst your old skin at last. You simply don’t care what happens to you, if you rip yourself in two, so long as you do get out.”
D.H. Lawrence , Studies in Classic American Literature: Original Text

Anne Østby
“The one night a year when millions of balolo, tiny sea worms, come up from the deep and transform the surface of the sea into a billowing, undulating carpet. The small deep-water serpent that's lifted up by the full moon for one single, magical night to lay its eggs and sperm in a gelatinous soup- it's a gastronomic delicacy the people of Korototoka can't get enough of.”
Anne Østby, Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

Jean Baudrillard
“Before me a scholarly man, of European culture, head of a literary department in one of the great universities of the West. He speaks of it with bitterness, as do almost all his colleagues. Culture is not what it was and he has not the slightest regard for mass culture. He comes from New York and, deep down, he despises California, his colleagues and the decline of standards. He gets 60-80,000 dollars a year and does not have many students or friends. He has lots of ideas, is sincere, proud and awkward. His secret is his python. I see him plunge his gloved hand into its glass case and stroke the reptile's head, which shoots out a voracious tongue and uncoils itself, still famished though it has just devoured a rat. We discuss the diet of snakes. A tortoise slumbers by the fireside in the glow of an artificial wood fire. It is Sunday in Santa Monica. Towards four, the sun drives away the mists of the Pacific. But the snake knows neither night nor day; he is immortal and poisonous and, in the words of the poet, he dreams on the hills of the sky. Which is something his master does not do, he whose reptilian brain identifies with the snake's, and who stares long and hard into his face, even though ordinarily he is incapable of looking people straight in the eye. A perverse couple, the somnambulism of the intellectual mingling with the inner night of the reptile.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

A.D. Aliwat
“Evil travels—like all energy, it transfers between people and objects; it moves, gets stored, moves again. But where did it originate? When Eve ate the apple? Or before that, with Satan, that fallen seraph who took the form of a snake and whispered with slithering tongue into her ear? Did she birth it or was it thrust upon us by some insufflating malefic serpent? Is it man-made or a supernatural force?”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

“Snakes don't hiss anymore these days they're calling you babe, bro, sister & BFF”
rasarab

“Snakes do not hiss anymore; they call you babe, bro or friend. It is getting harder and harder to find someone that you can actually trust in this world. So many people in this world couldn't care less about things such as character, honor, integrity, respect, or honesty.”
rasarab

A.D. Aliwat
“Dragons and snakes aren’t so different.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“....since all snakes appreciate jewels, precious metals, and mirrors. Their vanity causes them to spend many minutes chasing their reflection in their surfaces, but one must not think poorly of snakes for this reason, since they are kind, thoughtful creatures.”
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow

Cindy Callaghan
“We were going for cake with…wait for it…a six-foot snake.”
Cindy Callaghan, Lost in Paris

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see - not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

“A small snake grows into a big snake.”
Marty Rubin

Mouloud Benzadi
“Racists are snakes. Their minds are closed but their mouths are wide open, full of venom, ready to sting and destroy people around them.”
Mouloud Benzadi

“Cobra snakes, in order to bite you at all, must get a part of you such as a finger, nose, breast or penis in their mouth.”
George Leonard Herter, How to Get out of the Rat Race and Live on $10 a Month
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“The wings and snakes may have been late additions to the portrayal of Medusa, but they are nonetheless a natural concomitant of the ferocious death Goddess. Wings were added to Medusa’s iconography ca. 800 BCE, by the Greeks; later on, she was described as winged in text as well. In the portrayal of the Medusa from Miletus, Medusa is associated with snakes but she is not snaky herself. Nonetheless, she accrued the iconography of the Neolithic bird and snake Goddess, the Great Goddess of birth, death, and regeneration.”
Miriam Robbins Dexter, Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom

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