Turtle Sayings and Quotes

For turtles, slow and steady wins the race. Since these herbivores don’t have to chase their food like other animals, turtles get to enjoy life at a slower pace. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and humorous turtle quotes.

No man has ever seen a turtle climbing the wall. In order to do the things which are impossible for you, you need to change yourself, and better still, transform yourself into something new!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.     

Bruce Feiler

Try to be like the turtle at ease in your own shell.     

Bill Copeland

The Turtle's teachings are so beautiful. So very special. It teaches us that everything you are, everything you need and everything you bring to the world is inside you, not external, and you carry it with you, and are not limited to a place, space or time.     

Eileen Anglin

Turtles always strike me as devastatingly serious. If turtles could talk, I'd believe everything they said.     

Erin O'Brien

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.     

James Bryant Conant

See the turtle of enormous girth, on his shell he holds the earth. If you want to run and play, come along the beam today.     

Stephen King

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.     

Alex Haley

I'm as self-contained as a turtle. When I put my key in the ignition, I have my home right behind me.     

Esther Tallamy

A leech who, having penetrated the shell of a turtle only to find that the creature has long been dead, deems it expedient to form a new attachment to a fresh turtle.     

Ambrose Bierce

Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.     

Ajahn Chah

Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.     

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

And the turtles, of course all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.     

Dr. Seuss

Oh, a very useful philosophical animal, your average tortoise. Outrunning metaphorical arrows, beating hares in races... very handy.     

Terry Pratchett

All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Slow and steady wins the race.     


Changes in Latitudes began when I was looking at a photograph of a sea turtle swimming underwater. I had such a strong feeling for the beauty of this ancient creature, at home in the sea. On the spot, I wanted to swim with that turtle. I began to imagine a character who would do just that.     

Will Hobbs

As true as steel, as plantage to the moon, as sun to day, at turtle to her mate, as iron to adamant, as earth to centre.     

William Shakespeare

Do not let fear confine your life Inside a shell of doubt; A turtle never moves until His head is sticking out.     

Charles Ghigna

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.     


Your piece stinks. We fed it to the turtle.     

David Holahan

Men who wear turtlenecks look like turtles.     

Doris Lilly

It's okay to play turtle for a while, as long as you don't get too fond of your shell.     

Eileen Wilks

Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.     

Ernest Hemingway

If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is it homeless or naked?     

George Carlin

The two are unrelated. I'm not into turtles or space stuff.     

Harry Connick

Be like the turtle... If it didn’t stick it's neck out, it wouldn’t get anywhere at all.     

Harvey Mackay

Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.     

Henry David Thoreau

I felt like time was a great sea, and I was floating on the back of a turtle, and no sails broke the horizon.     

Janet Fitch

When this is over, we will go to the rain forest, or the pyramids, or a beach as white as bone. We will eat grapes from the vine, we will swim with sea turtles, we will walk miles on cobblestone streets. We will laugh and talk and confess. We will.     

Jodi Picoult