Serpent Sayings and Quotes

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

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others destroy themselves like serpents that stray onto anthills. Chanakya
Pain is always a fanged serpent, but to the fearful it has a hundred heads. Dagobert D. Runes
The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole. Abraham Verghese
Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing but serpents to give. Khalil Gibran
Be wise as a serpent and wary as a dove! Mark Twain
The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. Franz Kafka
The serpent is helpless unless he finds an apple to work with. George Ade
A serpent is a serpent, and none the less a viper, because it is nestled in the bosom of an honest-hearted man. Martin Delany
Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent and the serpent didn't have a leg to stand on. Author Unknown
If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. American Indian Proverb
Eternity is a circle, a serpent that swallows its own tail. Elsa Barker
An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent. Charles Mackay
That crafty kindness which inveigles me to sacrifice principle is the serpent in the grass -- deadly to the incautious wayfarer. Charles Spurgeon
The fiercest serpent may be overcome by a swarm of ants. Isoroku Yamamoto
To fight the raven you may make alliance with the serpent until the battle is done. Robert Jordan
Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it. William Shakespeare
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unless a serpent devour a serpent it will not become a dragon. Unless one power absorb another, it will not become great. Proverb
Knowledge hath in it somewhat of the serpent, and therefore where it entereth into a man it makes him swell. Francis Bacon
Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be. Alice Hoffman
Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting. William Scott Downey
The trail of the human serpent is thus over everything. William James
Do not trust a malicious man because you have long been intimate with him. A serpent will still bite, though it may have been kept and tended a long time. Panchatantra
If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy. Friedrich Nietzsche
Beware the serpent, slyly hid, which stings; The soul with poison of Prosperity. Edward Robeson Taylor
Better a serpent than a stepmother! Euripides
We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. St. Augustine
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child! William Shakespeare
Those who tread among serpents, and along a tortuous path, must use the cunning of the serpent. Thomas Becket
The infernal serpent; he it was, whose guile, Stirr'd up with envy and revenge, deceiv'd the mother of mankind. John Milton