104+ Best Cave Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Cave is a large hole in the side of a hill, cliff, or mountain, or one that is underground. Profoundly inspirational cave quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Cave Quotes

You don’t sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don’t do that. You send it out. You have to send it out. — Theodore Sturgeon

Mostly I sit alone in a room and cry and do my job – so when they let me out of my cave to go on tour, I really listen to my readers. — Adriana Trigiani

I want to inspire and educate people and just be an Aladdin’s cave for the magpie crafters that are already out there. — Sara Davies

I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too, because the economic situation around the world is not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever. — Nina Simone

Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend. — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Louis C.K. was able to make it happen. His producers don’t bug him. He’s able to go into his cave and write exactly what he wants to write, and there are no decisions made by committee, and you have a singular voice, and everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God! We love this.’ — Parker Posey

I retreat to my cave in a very male fashion. — Ed Stoppard

We would betray our values and play into our enemies’ hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that. — Michael Bloomberg

If you think about evolution, sleep, at some time, was a dangerous undertaking. You lie down in your cave or shelter, and along comes a predator and has you for dinner. Many creatures do not sleep or sleep while standing so they can escape from dangerous situations. — Bernie Siegel

I always seem to feel that everything is about to cave in on me. I think that maybe music is my protection from that and in some senses it’s an outlet to turn it into something euphoric: embracing the eventual decline. — Florence Welch

If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough. — Audrey Hepburn

When I’m on stage the savage in me is released. It’s like going back to being a cave man. It takes me six hours to come down after a show. — Angus Young

Chris Ofili’s suave, stippled, visually tricked-out paintings of the nineties, with their allover fields of shimmering dots and clumps of dung, are like cave paintings of modern life. They crackle with optical cockiness, love, and massive amounts of painterly mojo. — Jerry Saltz

I know I have great inner strength; I always have. I can blank things out, cut people out, and I know that I can go and live in a cave on my own if necessary. — Charlotte Rampling

The Smithsonian should box and preserve Tim McGraw’s Nashville den for a future exhibit entitled ‘Early 21st Century American Man Cave.’ — Stephen Rodrick

Many of us didn’t believe in the image of bin Laden as a wandering Old Man of the Mountains, living on plants and insects in an inhospitable cave somewhere on the porous Pakistan-Afghan border. — Salman Rushdie

‘Man cave’ seems retrograde, but ‘she shed’ seems progressive. Or maybe it’s just a place for me to eat embarrassing amounts of chocolate in private. — Faith Salie

I’d rather live in a cave with a view of a palace than live in a palace with a view of a cave. — Karl Pilkington

There are many artists that I know exactly where they are born and what their names are and where they live, which are still very, sort of, hidden. Even Nick Cave, who has a film about himself nowadays, is still someone who I would claim to be utterly enigmatic. — Tobias Forge

I’m someone who just likes being in my cave and thinking up weird stuff. — Colson Whitehead

Part of me wanted to disappear into a cave in India, and I did end up going on retreats there, but, don’t ask me why, I always felt very strongly that the point for me was to find a way to live a truly spiritual life in the modern day world and be able to work with all the positive aspects of our cultural and technological advancements. — Linus Roache

The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics. His songs are very narrative. — Stephen Malkmus

When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely. — Margaret Atwood

It’s productive and fun to try interpreting cave paintings, but ultimately, they can’t teach us anything beyond what we imagine them to be. — Trevor Paglen

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century. — Marshall McLuhan

The frame of the cave leads to the frame of man. — Stephen Gardiner

I always felt that everything that happened was incredibly exhilarating and massively puzzling at the same time. I can even remember, when I was six or seven, digging a hole beneath a tree. And I would go into this tomb, this cave that I had made, and would lie there, meditating, for hours. — Genesis P-Orridge

When I do a workshop, there is always at least one author who comes up afterward and asks if I’ll take a look at his or her book and consider blurbing it. For some reason, I can turn someone down in e-mail, but when he or she is looking me in the eye, I cave. — M. J. Rose

Do cave paintings mean anything? Not really, but I, for one, am happy to have them. — Trevor Paglen

I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men. — Maria Mitchell

Literature is love. I think it went like this: drawings in the cave, sounds in the cave, songs in the cave, songs about us. Later, stories about us. — Eileen Myles

And then I met Jerry and he’s such a creative fiction writer, and I don’t know if there’s ever been a team put together the way we are – where one person does the theological way out and suggestions, and the other person goes into the cave and does the fiction writing. — Tim LaHaye

Whenever I hear that I’m on the brink of stardom, I feel like I want to run into a cave. — Kate Bosworth

We’re getting the sort of ‘compromise’ American politics specializes in: the one where things are intentionally made worse for most people in the hopes that if things are made bad enough, the other side will cave. — Alex Pareene

The Horny Toad in Cave Creek has great food. When I’m in Arizona, I have at least one meal there. I have a daughter who lives out there, and Dee Dee Wood, who was the choreographer on ‘Mary Poppins,’ lives out there. I still get out there once in a while, but not in the summer. — Dick Van Dyke

Gravity Falls’ didn’t just appear overnight – every spooky cave and moss covered tree was created by a team of brilliant artists. — Alex Hirsch

Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave know best. Although I wear a lot of jeans, I’ve been told that Nick Cave doesn’t own a pair and wouldn’t be caught dead in denim. — Matt Berninger

If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. — Orson Welles

In my man cave, I have tomahawks, throwing knives, and old black-bear furs. There’s skulls, weapons everywhere. — Jason Momoa

I got a man cave. I play my music loud. I bought big speakers because I need to hear music loud. — Marlon Wayans

All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides. — Gloria Vanderbilt

I’ll read anything by a guy who spent 40 years in a cave. — Sam Brownback

I really like Cold Cave. — Kurt Vile

People like Nick Cave – that ridiculous, over-the-top doom, taking it to extremes – I find it uplifting because it’s like someone else is feeling what you’re feeling and putting it into their music. Someone expressing extreme joy is just as valuable; it’s just the fact that they’re expressing their soul through music. — Matt Bellamy

If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don’t do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong. — Paul Rand

Houses mean a creation, something new, a shelter freed from the idea of a cave. — Stephen Gardiner

I’m so not macho. It’s crazy. My man cave is so not a man cave. — Dave Grohl

Time and again I was asked to arrest Jamaat activists but I put my foot down and refused to cave in. — Mehbooba Mufti

Just as our ancient ancestors drew animals on cave walls and carved animals from wood and bone, we decorate our homes with animal prints and motifs, give our children stuffed animals to clutch, cartoon animals to watch, animal stories to read. — Diane Ackerman

Al-Qaida became the new Soviet Union, and in the process, Bin Laden became a demonic, terrifyingly powerful figure brooding in a cave while he controlled and directed the al-Qaida network throughout the world. In this way, a serious but manageable terrorist threat became grossly exaggerated. — Adam Curtis

Activist shareholder resolutions do not have to pass to succeed. The process itself can be so injurious to a company that management will cave to demands. — Elaine Chao

You don’t need a uniform color: We used a mixture of brick red, browns and grays, and then threw in seashells, branches and various types of rock, so our walls ended up looking like cave paintings! — Randy Bachman

I’ve been a Nick Cave fan since the early ’80s when he was part of The Birthday Party thing singing Australian self-destructive rock band and I’ve always followed his work and loved it. — Aleksandar Hemon

How could a guy sitting in a cave in Afghanistan, have… plotted so perfectly the hijacking of four planes and then guaranteed that three of them would end up precisely on their targets? — Michael Moore

How many deaf people do you know in real life? Unless they live in a cave, or are 14, which seems to be true for most people in this business, what could I possibly tell them that they don’t already know? — Marlee Matlin

You are also caught with the fact that man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. — Morris West

In order for President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden to be moderates, they just have to present themselves between the extremes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s isolationism and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s hawkishness – the difference between living in a cave or conducting ourselves so that we’re in need of one. — Donna Brazile

My love of Seagal is ridiculous. Like, I love this man. I love how ridiculous he is. I mean, he made an album called ‘Songs From The Crystal Cave.’ — El-P

I think that there are many aspects to the relationship between humans and animals. But briefly, humans appear to have always been fascinated by them from the time of cave paintings and before. — Alison Goldfrapp

The teenager’s room is her cave. It is here she can meet herself, undistracted by the new hassles life is making for her. Here, she can reflect. — Susan Minot

Because it was one of my favorites from the Arthurian legend, one of the things that I really enjoyed doing was the legend of the crystal cave. In my head, it was fun to imagine what it was going to look like because there was a lot of CGI involved, in seeing visions of the future reflected within crystals. — Colin Morgan

We won’t do something different for different’s sake. Designers cave in to marketing, to the corporate agenda, which is sort of, ‘Oh, it looks like the last one; can’t we make it look different?’ Well no, there’s no reason to. — Jonathan Ive

To make any future that we dreamt up real requires creative scientists, engineers, and technologists to make it happen. If people are not within your midst who dream about tomorrow – with the capacity to bring tomorrow into the present – then the country might as well just recede back into the cave because that’s where we’re headed. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’m Andrea Thompson, and unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably already know that. — Andrea Thompson

One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army. — Jose Marti

In archaeology, context is the basis of many discoveries that are imputed to the deliberate workings of intelligence. If I find a rock chipped in such a way as to give it a sharp edge, and the discovery is made in a cave, I am seduced into ascribing this to tool use by distant, fetid and furry ancestors. — Seth Shostak

What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things? — Desiderius Erasmus

A young imagination is bold, likes to make bigger leaps. It likes to, well, imagine that the dustbuster is a dinosaur; that the computer mouse is a hotrod; that the box is a cave; that the rawhide is a torch… or a baton… or something. — Mo Rocca

I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that’s where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is. — Amanda Palmer

It’s like a prehistoric reflex, you know, going out and getting the meat and bringing it back to the cave. You feel you’re supposed to make it better, but more than likely she’s asking you to tell her how you feel. — Fred Ward

The weather was turning cold and I remember that Dante was using nothing but natural light as his electric department was away, prepping the scene in the cave. We stayed on that rock for the whole day. — Madeleine Stowe

Scripts didn’t exist during my time in Bollywood, or, at least, I was never given one. I don’t want to act at all and am happy in my cave. — Twinkle Khanna

We are so fortunate, as Australians, to have among us the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Cultures that link our nation with deepest antiquity. We have Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley that is as ancient as the great Palaeolithic cave paintings at Altamira and Lascaux in Europe. — Kevin Rudd

The day I initiated divorce proceedings against Michael Farmer, I was ready to retire to a desert cave and rethink my life. — Gloria Swanson

For years we’ve had leaders who promised to end America’s costly wars, only to cave in to the establishment view. — Steve Hilton

I have a man cave somewhere in California – a totally undisclosed location where manly things occur. There are motorcycles, there are secret doors and passageways. Women are welcome, but they must knock. — Laurence Fishburne

I like solitude. I’m very good at being disconnected. I do a lot of disappearing. People who know me go, ‘Oh yeah, Mailman, she’s gone into her cave again.’ I’m like that, a bit of a hibernating bear. Like that crocodile that just sits there in the water and doesn’t do much. I was always a bit of a dreamer as a kid, so that hasn’t changed. — Deborah Mailman

Haunted since the day its discovery was projected all over the world in 1994, I, like many others, have always wanted to see inside the Chauvet cave, site of the world’s earliest known cave art. Quite rightly, we will never go. It is closed to the public. — Simon McBurney

I think probably the first time I wanted to be an artist was when I was about six or seven years old. I used to get British comics and I clearly remember seeing my first American comic: an issue of ‘Action Comics’, with Superman on the cover with a treasure horde in a cave, and Lois saying something like ‘I don’t believe Superman is a miser!’ — Dave Gibbons

I have always been fascinated by paleontology and prehistoric people, and I’ve always thought that one of the most intriguing moments in human history was the birth of artistic imagination. I always loved those cave paintings. — Kathryn Lasky

Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. — Morris West

Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out. — William F. Buckley, Jr.

Nearly everyone who chooses to work for Donald Trump is disreputable in one way or another; Ali Baba didn’t find 40 wise men in the cave. But to label everyone in Trumpworld a grifter misses important subtleties. It conflates grifters and grafters, and it ignores the crucial distinction between the two. — Jacob Weisberg

Exceptionally hard decisions can deplete your energy to the point at which you finally cave in. If you mentally crumble and degenerate into negative thinking, you’ll magnify the problem to the point where it can haunt you. — John C. Maxwell

As humans, we’ve always innovated our way out of problems, whether it was the first torch to light a dark cave or the steam engine that sparked a revolution. — Frans van Houten

I traveled to Morocco once, and I only saw one television when I was there, but I did go into this dirt cave and I saw this kid chopping tomatoes and pita, and he had a picture on the wall of Jean-Claude Van Damme holding a gun. That connected with him on the other side of the world, so no wonder these big movies are made – they have a mass appeal. — Parker Posey

We’re made for the light of a cave and for twilight. Twilight is the time we see best. When we dim the light down, and the pupil opens, feeling comes out of the eye like touch. Then you really can feel colour, and experience it. — James Turrell

The need to make music, and to listen to it, is universally expressed by human beings. I cannot imagine, even in our most primitive times, the emergence of talented painters to make cave paintings without there having been, near at hand, equally creative people making song. It is, like speech, a dominant aspect of human biology. — Lewis Thomas

I tried gimmicky stuff ’cause I wanted to get some attention, and remember, you know, in the rap world Seattle was a cave. There was no light. — Sir Mix-a-Lot

I’m not that tough; I’m not that smart. I need life telling me who I am, showing me my mind constantly. I wouldn’t see it in a cave. — Richard Gere

We always go to downtown Oklahoma City to look at all the Christmas lights that have been put up… We go to the Christmas Eve service at church, and we always beg my parents to open a present – just one present – on Christmas Eve. We get them to cave. — Darci Lynne Farmer

The forms of thought, into which we throw our timid views of God, are but symbols of truths greater than our thoughts. Yet we may not set them aside as worthless, for they are the rungs on which we dwellers in the cave climb to the full view of the Truth, as he is. — Vincent McNabb

My heroes: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Nina Simone. — Benjamin Clementine

Whether in cave paintings or the latest uses of the Internet, human beings have always told their histories and truths through parable and fable. We are inveterate storytellers. — Beeban Kidron

I’m glowing in the dark with my studio tan. I’ve been in a cave of music for months and months and months. — Phil Anselmo

La Cave was a great platform for me to learn and be able to listen in on conversations and just get a lot of notes and teachings from those older guys. — Savion Glover

I read ‘The Crystal Cave’ book by Mary Stewart, and I thought it was a really, really interesting part of the legend, in which Merlin could enter into the cave with these crystals and see reflections of the future in them and learn how to use that and harness those powers for himself. — Colin Morgan

We do ourselves a disservice when some of us cave to the myth that Social Security somehow drives the deficit. — Martin O’Malley

Born on a mountain, raised in a cave. Arresting fugitives is all I crave. — Duane Chapman

We need to take politics out of health care. Congress will cave to pretty much any special interest on the subject. — Jim Cooper

I keep waiting for the roof to cave in. I was raised to follow the Golden Rule, you know, treat people the way you wish to be treated. That’s kind of the way I live my life. Maybe someone up there likes me for that. — Matt LeBlanc

Since everything in my life collapsed in ’89, I was just determined that I wouldn’t cave in. I wouldn’t just go away or become a basket case. I knew the value of me as a person. — Sondra Locke

I don’t have a bunch of mates. I don’t have a man cave. My wife and I, we are each other’s best friend. — Corbin Bernsen

I don’t back down. I don’t cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces. — Dan Rather

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