Crab Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old crab quotes, crab sayings, and crab proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Like those crabs which dress themselves with seaweed, we wear belief and custom. Cyril Connolly
A pound of Alaskan king crab legs and buffalo shrimp = happy Travie. Travie McCoy
The crab that walks too far falls into the pot. Haitian Proverb
In Baltimore, soft crabs are always fried (or broiled) in the altogether, with maybe a small jock-strap of bacon added. H. L. Mencken
Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates. H. L. Mencken
What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the primrose to the orchid, and all of them to me, and me to you? Gregory Bateson
Currently, the green crab is viewed only as a pest species. The crab tends to eat what we eat. It's incredibly tough. And generally speaking, its presence in the water means fewer clams and lobsters. So, we'd like to turn around these negatives and make them into a positive. Bill Walton
Walk straight, my son - as the old crab said to the young crab. Irish Proverb
There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good. H. L. Mencken
As the sea-crab swimmeth always against the stream, so doth wit always against wisdom. Pythagoras
Stretch an unwavering tenacity when facing bad to worse attitudes. Angelica Hopes
People have a crab mentality, man. They're walking sideways. Cody Wilson
The best way to eat crabs, as everyone knows, is off newspaper at a large table with a large number of people. Laurie Colwin
You cannot teach a crab to walk straight. Aristophanes
The highest treason a crab can commit is to make a leap for the rim of the bucket. Steven Pressfield
There are three species of creatures who when they seem coming are going, when they seem going they come: diplomats, women, and crabs. John Hay
Worse, I have to admit to feeling the jealousy of one crab for another that has managed to climb out of the barrel. Richard Russo
Crab meat is surprisingly sweet in its purest form, which is why it is often pepped up with zippy chilli and lifted with citrus. Rachel Khoo
If a D.C. event doesn't have crab cakes, it's low-rent and you need to flee. Tony Hale
Oysters open completely when the moon is full; and when the crab sees one it throws a piece of stone or seaweed into it and the oyster cannot close again so that it serves the crab for meat. Such is the fate of him who opens his mouth too much and thereby puts himself at the mercy of the listener. Leonardo da Vinci
Through searching out origins, one becomes a crab. The historian looks backwards, and finally he also believes backwards. Friedrich Nietzsche
A country without a patent office and good patent laws is just a crab, and can't travel any way but sideways and backways. Mark Twain
There are souls which, crab-like, crawl continually toward darkness, going back in life rather than advancing in it, using what experience they have to increase their deformity, growing worse without ceasing, and becoming steeped more and more thoroughly in an intensifying wickedness. Victor Hugo
Some versions of crab cakes are mostly crabmeat lightly bound with egg, but I'm a firm believer that a crab cake should contain bread crumbs. Tom Douglas
It is because of self-importance, why crab does not have a head. Jamaican Saying
An unwilling crab never gets fat. Jamaican Saying
A little crab hole spoils a big race horse. Jamaican Saying
If you put your ears close to the roots of a mango tree, you will hear crabs coughing. Jamaican Saying
A crab does not beget a bird. African Proverb
A lame crab walks straight. Afghani Proverb
Remove the claws of even a boiled crab. Korean Proverb
Our last deed, like the young of the land crab, wends its way to the sea of cause and effect as soon as born, and makes a drop there to eternity. Henry David Thoreau
The crab's daughter does not bear a bird. West Africa Proverb
He who builds on the favours of the great, advances towards fortune mounted on a crab. German Proverb
Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. Charles M. Schulz
Do not be the proverbial crab in a bucket and make war with those around you! Work together and grow! Love! Live Life! Marvin Gaye
In truth we are partners of the fish, the crab, the grasses that grow beyond our sight. Upon their survival hangs our own. Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Don’t be part of a bucket of crabs. Be the crab that gets out. Leigh Alexandra
Matter of fact, the only thing a crab is good for is holding back other crabs. A crab don't want to see another crab make it. Lord Rufus Crabmiser
Crab is like, "If I'm gonna die, we all gonna die." I admire that. Lord Rufus Crabmiser
A crab cannot hold in a lobster's shell. Jamaican Saying
Glistening golden sands of the beach, / A lunch box for venomous crabs, / Stormy waves dispatching sheets of salt, / With metallic clangs on crab shell, / Prompting elaborate spread of noxious tentacles, / Temporary dislocating the gallant brown spider, / Into well spun cocoons of slippery mud. Nikhil Parekh
I could see nothing behind that child's eye. / I have seen eyes in the street / Trying to peer through lighted shutters, / And a crab one afternoon in a pool, / An old crab with barnacles on his back, / Gripped the end of a stick which I held him. T. S. Eliot