Savage Sayings and Quotes

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

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. Victor Hugo
The savage in man is never quite eradicated. Henry David Thoreau
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool. George Santayana
Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being. Michel de Montaigne
Spirituality is... the awareness that survival is the savage fight between you and yourself. Author Unknown
Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it. George Saintsbury
Is man a savage at heart, skinned o'er with fragile Manners? Or is savagery but a faint taint in the natural man's gentility, which erupts now and again like pimples on an angel's arse? John Barth
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Thomas A. Edison
Like gold in the hands of a savage are the sayings of wisdom in the mouth of a fool. Edward Counsel
Beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden. Anne Rice
There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages. Mark Twain
There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs. George R.R. Martin
Problem-solving is hunting; it is savage pleasure and we are born to it. Thomas Harris
The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage. Henry David Thoreau
We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause. William James
Grace is savage and must be savage in order to be perfect. Charles A. Stoddard
Alone we are savages, together we are civilization. Ashok K. Banker
Tears gratify a savage nature, they do not melt it. Publilius Syrus
Rage and grief are savage companions, but despair is the final undoing. M.I.A.
The true savage is a slave, and is always talking about what he must do; the true civilised man is a free man, and is always talking about what he may do. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Just as the savage must wrestle with nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production. Karl Marx
The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood. George Bernard Shaw
Play by the rules, but be ferocious. Phil Knight
Without doubt, ferocious and disordered men are much weaker than timid and ordered ones. For order chases fear from men and disorder lessens ferocity Niccolo Machiavelli
The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Bertrand Russell
Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Aeschylus
To savages it would seem preposterous to seek out a place where nothing but learning was going on in order that one might learn. John Dewey
Breed not a savage dog, nor permit a loose stairway The Talmud
The mere athlete becomes too much of a savage. Plato