Quotes About Giraffes

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As resourceful, unique, and lovable as giraffes are, it should be little surprise they are the centerpiece of many famous quotes. If you need a little giraffe inspiration (and a touch of humor), check out these wise words from great minds, past and present:


Caterina Murino

“My favourite animal is the koala, but his life would be boring. I would rather be a giraffe so that I could contemplate the beauty of Africa.”
– Caterina Murino
Source: iStock / africa924


“Well as giraffes say, you don’t get no leaves unless you stick your neck out.” – Sid Waddell


“Being a very tall person, I have always felt a kinship with giraffes.” – Alexandra Bracken


“Giraffes are fairytale animals, almost heraldic – as if from the land of fables. They have extremely beautiful faces, huge eyes, very sensitive nostrils, and oh, blue tongues!” – Joanna Lumley


Kurt Vonnegut

“Evolution is so creative. That’s how we got giraffes.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
Source: WNET-TV (Public Domain)


“I’d hate to be a giraffe with a sore throat.” – Mitch Hedberg


“On the neck of a giraffe a flea begins to believe in immortality.” – Bill Vaughan


“This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebuds, giraffes, and humans.” – Brian Swimme


“A bit of advice: Never read a pop-up book about giraffes.” – Sean Lock


“Why didn’t evolution make a giraffe good at carpentry so it could build a ladder?” – Karl Pilkington


“If you draw a giraffe, you must draw him with a long neck. If in your bold creative way you hold yourself free to draw a giraffe with a short neck, you will really find that you are not free to draw a giraffe.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton


“NASA space scientists have been studying giraffe skin so they can apply what they learn from it to the construction of spacesuits.” – Joanna Lumley


“There is no doubt in my mind that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.” – Yann Martel


“Who could believe an ant in theory? A giraffe in blueprint? Ten thousand doctors of what’s possible could reason half the jungle out of being.” – John Ciardi


Jane Goodall

“However much you know giraffes, to see one in the wild for the first time feels prehistoric.”
– Jane Goodall
Source: Muhammad Mahdi Karim (GFDL)


“A giraffe is so much a lady that one refrains from thinking of her legs, but remembers her as floating over the plains in long garb, draperies of morning mist her mirage.” – Isak Dinesen


“When people think about the ark, they’re always thinking about all the thousands of years of religious iconography of a ship with a bow and a deck, where Noah and the giraffes could walk around. In the actual written text it is basically described as a long, rectangular box.” – Darren Aronofsky