Lions Sayings and Quotes

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

The lion is, however, rarely heard - much more seldom seen. John Hanning Speke
The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself. St. Augustine
The lion does not need the whole world to fear him, only those nearest where he roams. A.J. Darkholme
One meal a day is enough for a lion, and it ought to be for a man. George Fordyce
The gait of the lion is relaxed until he is ready to charge. The charge is a series of great springs. Theodore M. Vestal
Saying the lion is kind of the beasts says something about lions and also something about kings. Judith Lynne Hanna
If a lion is not accepted in its own den, it will find no refuge in the rest of the jungle. Wes Fesler
When a lion meets another with a louder roar, the first lion thinks the last a bore. George Bernard Shaw
Some people lose all respect for the lion unless he devours them instantly. There is no pleasing some people. Will Cuppy
A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested. George Seferis
The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort. Chanakya
A lion leads the way and shows others what’s possible. Asad Meah
Destroy the lion while he is but a whelp. Portuguese Proverb
Do not pluck the beard of a dead lion. Roman Proverb
Lion skins were never had cheap. French Proverb
The lion is known by its claw. Roman Proverb
The lion is not so fierce as it is painted. Spanish Proverb
The mouths of lions are handled by their keepers with impunity. Roman Proverb
The roaring lion kills no game. African Proverb
Though humbled, a lion will not play with the pig. Hausan Proverb
To the lion belongs whatever its paw has seized. Egyptian Proverb
When a lion sleeps, let him sleep. Yiddish Proverb
When the lion is dead the hares jump upon its carcass. Italian Proverb
Be a lion at home and a fox abroad. Persian Proverb
A lion may be beholden to a mouse. Roman Proverb
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions. Daniel Defoe
Strong is the lion—like a coal / His eye-ball—like a bastion's mole / His chest against his foes. Christopher Smart
I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. Sir Winston Churchill
No horse's cry was that, most like the roar / Of some pained desert lion, who all day / Hath trailed the hunter's javelin in his side, / And comes at night to die upon the sand. Matthew Arnold
An Englishman, / Being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion. George Chapman