100+ Best Gorilla Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Gorilla is a large ape that comes from western Africa. Profoundly inspirational gorilla quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Gorilla Quotes

…chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans are thinking, self-aware beings, capable of planning ahead, who form lasting social bonds with others and have a rich social and emotional life. The great apes are therefore an ideal case for showing the arbitrariness of the species boundary. If we think that all human beings, irrespective of age or mental capacity, have some basic rights, how can we deny that the great apes, who surpass some humans in their capacities, also have these rights? — Peter Singer

…Humans were the only creatures in the world that ate their food cooked. You’d never find a Gorilla frying up some bananas for dinner or a lion charcoal-broiling a zebra steak. Cats don’t often run to the oven with a mouse or bird they’ve captured, and a dog wouldn’t naturally prepare its rabbit dinner in a stew. — Dick Gregory

Fossey, Fossey, you cranky difficult strong-arming self-destructive misanthrope, mediocre scientist, deceiver of earnest college students, probable cause of more deaths of the gorillas than if you had never set foot in Rwanda, Fossey, you pain-in-the-ass saint, I do not believe in prayers or souls, but I will pray for your soul, I will remember you for all of my days, in gratitude for that moment by the graves when all I felt was the pure, cleansing sadness of returning home and finding nothing but ghosts. — Robert M. Sapolsky

Frazier soaked it all up like a sponge. When they arrived in Manila it was the same story. Ali poured scorn on his opponent. Humiliated him. Joe had the heart of a lion but verbally he was out of his depth when Ali got going. One time, as fight day approached, Ali spotted Frazier on a hotel balcony, grabbed a security guard’s gun and fired some rounds at him. Everybody knew it wasn’t live ammo but it still startled the hell out of Joe.] Go back in your hole, Gorilla, You gonna scare the people! Come out again and I’m gonna kill ya before time! — Muhammad Ali

It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila. — Muhammad Ali

[My] excursions provided a unique opportunity for observing [the gorillas’ behavior] in their natural habitat… Then, all too soon, the infants were demanded for their trip to the zoo. … [H]appily the babies did not know they would never see their mountain home again — Dian Fossey

Football is a game for trained apes. That, in fact, is what most of the players are — retarded gorillas wearing helmets and uniforms. The only thing more debased is the surrounding mob of drunken monkeys howling the gorillas on. — Edward Abbey

When you start to do research into gorillas or any kind of apes, if you’re going to play them, that’s one of the biggest misconceptions. And when I did Kong, you’re not doing gorilla movements, you’re not doing ape movements, you’re looking for a personality. It’s like saying okay I’m going to do human movements. — Andy Serkis

It is in the stomach of plants that development begins, and ends in the circles of the universe. ‘Tis a long scale from the gorilla to the gentleman,–from the gorilla to Plato, Newton, Shakespeare,–to the sanctities of religion, the refinements of legislation, the summit of science, art, and poetry. The beginnings are slow and infirm, but it is an always accelerated march. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intelligence is a valuable thing, but it is not usually the key to survival. Sheer fecundity … usually counts. The intelligent gorilla doesn’t do as well as the less intelligent but more-fecund rat, which doesn’t do as well as the still-less-intelligent but still-more-fecund cockroach, which doesn’t do as well as the minimally-intelligent but maximally-fecund bacterium. — Isaac Asimov

Wild animals are not meant to be owned, any more than human beings are. Nobody has the right to pass a cougar or a gorilla on from hand to hand. — Pat Derby

I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin (his wife). When we got to the gorilla cage there was 1 big Silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snotbox! He declined. — Mike Tyson

I find it striking that the quality of the urban habitat of homo sapieans is so weakly researched compared to the habitats of gorillas, elephants, and Bengal tigers and panda bears in China…you hardly see anything on the habitat of man in the urban environment. — Jan Gehl

Whatever part of the animal fabric whatever series of muscles, whatever viscera might be selected for comparison the result would be the same the lower Apes and the Gorilla would differ more than the Gorilla and the Man. — Thomas Huxley

The need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla. — Emile M. Cioran

I was doing comedy in laundry mats in 1992, literally where I would bring a little gorilla amp and a lapel mike and just start performing. — Dane Cook

That there is a continuous link from humans to gorillas, with the intermediate species merely long dead, is beyond the understanding of speciesists. Tie the label Homo sapiens even to a tiny piece of insensible embryonic tissue, and its life suddenly leaps to infinite, incomputable value…. Self-styled pro-lifers, and others that indulge in footling debates about exactly when in its development a foetus becomes human, exhibit the same discontinuous mentality. Human, to the discontinuous mind, is an absolutist concept. There can be no half measures. And from this flows much evil. — Richard Dawkins

[About gorillas] You take these fine, regal animals. How many (human) fathers have the same sense of paternity? How many human mothers are more caring? The family structure is unbelievably strong. — Dian Fossey

The 800 pound gorilla just entered the blogosphere, with Google launching its blog search. — Charlene Li

Great people will always be mocked by those who feel smaller than them. However, a lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena. A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey. A nightingale does not stop singing its beautiful song at the intrusion of an annoying woodpecker. Whenever you should question your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. — Suzy Kassem

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken. — Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I shall never forget my first encounter with gorillas. Sound preceded sight. Odor preceded sound in the form of an overwhelming, musky-barnyard, humanlike scent. The air was suddenly rent by a high-pitched series of screams followed by the rhythmic rondo of sharp pok-pok chestbeats from a great silverbacked male obscured behind what seemed an impenetrable wall of vegetation. — Dian Fossey

Recent discoveries about apes suggest, however, that a gorilla or common chimp stands at least as good a chance being murdered as the average human. — Jared Diamond

Adult gorillas will fight to the death defending their families. This is why poachers who may be seeking only one infant for the zoo trade must often kill all the adults in the family to capture the baby. — Sy Montgomery

I want a girl who looks good when she wakes up in the morning. We could take her face and dip it in dough and she’ll make some nice-face cookies. Some girls wake up, man, you could put their face in dough and you’ll get a gorilla cookie, for real! — Flavor Flav

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. — Ray Bradbury

I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla. — Robert M. Sapolsky

We’ve got to have major health care reform because that is the 800-pound gorilla. That is the thing that can swamp the boat fiscally for the United States. — Kent Conrad

When you’re wearing an animal costume and something bad happens, your facial expression doesn’t change. The animal is deadpan the whole time. If you’re skiing in a gorilla suit and you fall, you just see a gorilla who has no emotion. It’s just a stoic gorilla, wildly falling down a hill, out of control. — Demetri Martin

Saving New York City from bankruptcy is like making love to a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired; you stop when he’s tired. — Felix Rohatyn

Regarded anatomically, the resemblances between the foot of Man and the foot of the Gorilla are far more striking and important than the differences… be the differences between the hand and foot of Man and those of the Gorilla what they may the differences between those of the Gorilla and those of the lower Apes are much greater. — Thomas Huxley

Eating a RAW food lifestyle is the purest and best way to live. Many of the strongest and longest living animals are raw, such as the panda bear and gorillas. Self love has brought me to a RAW lifestyle. Feeding my body with pure natural energy. Most people’s perception is what has been ingrained inside them by manipulation, but slowly there is a shift in consciousness, one person at a time. People will ask more questions, begin to stand up for themselves, go their own way, take better care of themselves, which will benefit everyone and everything around them. — Eric Nies

We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes. Our common ancestor with the chimpanzees and gorillas is much more recent than their common ancestor with the Asian apes – the gibbons and orangutans. There is no natural category that includes chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans but excludes humans. — Richard Dawkins

Our social life is literally primal, in the sense that chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest relatives among the primates, are also social. — Clay Shirky

No wonder circus animals do what they do: They tortured them. And you know the only ones they can’t control? It’s the chimpanzees. You can’t control them. That’s why you never see a gorilla in a movie, because the gorilla may decide there’ll be no filming. — Paul Mooney

I actually taught perceptual psychology at N.Y.U. when I was younger. I was interested in the aesthetic impulse in lower primates. But what really interested me in Dian Fossey was that she made a difference – she saved the gorillas. — Arne Glimcher

The fact that all our ape cousins – chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans – can acquire signs – is powerful evidence that our hominid ancestors’ first language was gestural and that the vocal version of language was a relatively recent development. My own guess is that vocal language began emerging about 200,000 years ago. — Roger Fouts

I hate superheroes. I always hated superheroes. From the time I was a little kid, I could believe in a 50-foot gorilla trashing New York City before I could believe a guy would put on long tights and bat ears and go and fight crime. Like, the fantasy never made sense to me, on a basic level. — Stephen R. Bissette

Five years ago I was a four-stone apology — today I am two separate gorillas. — Vivian Stanshall

Social Security’s not the hard one to solve. Medicare, that is the gorilla in the room, and you’ve got to put all of it on the table. — Joe Biden

We’re animals. We’re violent. We’re criminal. We’re not so far away from the gorillas and the apes, those beautiful creatures. — Maurice Sendak

In Africa, you know, if you’re poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey. — Emmanuel Jal

That’s right. Uh-huh. Uh-huh, Nick said arrogantly. You might know karate, boy, but I know gorilla, and I’m a level 40 champion in it. Let’s hear it for Diddy Kong! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew! He mimicked the sound of a gorilla as he held on for dear life. — Sherrilyn Kenyon

The only other animals that would be in the ballpark to be able to do it would be a gorilla, but it’s not going to occur to a gorilla to strangle the life out of somebody. They might rip their head off, all right, but it wouldn’t occur to a gorilla to just, I’m going to cut off your air. — Quentin Tarantino

Put another way, the chimpanzees’ closest relative is not the gorilla but humans. — Jared Diamond

You wanna deliver papers in a big city? an expert with a bent nose told me, then you gotta shake the trees to find the gorillas to do it… — Edwin Diamond

I think a lot guys get laid pretending to be Shaggy 2 Dope because without his paint he’s a lot more unrecognizable. He’s not a gimpy gorilla like me. — Joseph Bruce

Since the white man says he came from the evolution of animals, well, maybe the black man didn’t. The white man has made so many errors in the handling of people that maybe he did come from a gorilla or a fish and crawl up on the sand and then into the trees. Of course, evolution doesn’t take God into consideration. I don’t think people learned to do all the things they do through evolution. — Charles Mingus

It never gets easier; you just go faster. — Greg LeMond

Five severed fingers do not make a hand — Daniel Quinn

Every animal on the planet attracts mates with the goal of reproduction. Frogs swell their bodies. Male gorillas beat their chests. Have you ever watched a male lobster rise up on the tips of his legs and snap his claws, demanding female attention? Attraction is the first element of all animal reproduction, humans included — Becca Fitzpatrick

I have no friends. The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people. — Dian Fossey

The gorillas are not yet sufficiently advanced in evolutionary terms to have discovered the benefits of passports, currency-declaration forms, and official bribery, and therefore tend to wander backward and forward across the border as and when their beastly, primitive whim takes them. — Douglas Adams

It never gets easier, you just go faster. To put it another way, training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired. — Greg Henderson

The world’s strongest animals are plant eaters. Gorillas, Buffaloes, Elephants and me. — Patrik Baboumian

I watched the gorilla’s eyes again, wise and knowing eyes, and wondered about this business of trying to teach apes language. Our language. Why? There are many members of our own species who live in and with the forest and know it and understand it. We don’t listen to them. What is there to suggest we would listen to anything an ape could tell us? Or that it would be able to tell us of its life in a language that hasn’t been born of that life? I thought, maybe it is not that they have yet to gain a language, it is that we have lost one. — Douglas Adams

[I]n Africa I was a member of a family—of a sort of family that the people of your culture haven’t known for thousands of years. If gorillas were capable of such an expression, they would tell you that their family is like a hand, of which they are the fingers. They are fully aware of being a family but are very little aware of being individuals. Here in the zoo there were other gorillas—but there was no family. Five severed fingers do not make a hand. — Daniel Quinn

It’s hard to put into words. Gorillas are not complainers. We’re dreamers, poets, philosophers, nap takers. — Katherine Applegate

Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There’s very little if any ‘me-itis.’ When I get back to civilization I’m always appalled by ‘me, me, me.’ — Dian Fossey

I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defence of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor; a gun from a howitzer; a guerrilla from a gorilla, although a great many resemble the latter. — Sam Manekshaw

I waved to you outside but then I realized it was just one of those inflatable parking lot gorillas. — Jane Lynch

Growing up gorilla is just like any other kind of growing up. You make mistakes. You play. You learn. You do it all over again. — Katherine Applegate

I was a gorilla boxer. I had a full gorilla suit on with boxing gloves. I had an amateur belt on. No one knew that it was me in the costume and I was going into stores and scaring people and boxing on them. It was fun. — Daniel Jacobs

Gorilla tourism is vital to Rwanda’s economy: It’s the third highest source of income. — Andy Serkis

With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla? — Daniel Quinn

Traveling across the United States, it’s easy to see why Americans are often thought of as stupid. At the San Diego Zoo, right near the primate habitats, there’s a display featuring half a dozen life-size gorillas made out of bronze. Posted nearby is a sign reading CAUTION: GORILLA STATUES MAY BE HOT. Everywhere you turn, the obvious is being stated. CANNON MAY BE LOUD. MOVING SIDEWALK IS ABOUT TO END. To people who don’t run around suing one another, such signs suggest a crippling lack of intelligence. — David Sedaris

Shave a gorilla and it would be almost impossible, at twenty paces, to distinguish him from a heavyweight champion of the world. Skin a chimpanzee, and it would take an autopsy to prove he was not a theologian. — H. L. Mencken

Here’s where I ask why don’t you spend your time doing something safer and more boring. Like maybe administering suppositories to rabid gorillas. — Jim Butcher

They [gorillas] are brave and loyal. They help each other. They rival elephants as parents and whales for gentleness. They play and have humor and they harm nothing. They are what we should be. I don’t know if we’ll ever get there. — Pat Derby

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla. — Charles Darwin

What is missing from today’s dialogue is the effect autism is having on families, our society and what the unknown factors are. The 300lb. gorilla in the room is that our children with autism today will soon become adults with autism. — Jenny McCarthy

I don’t think there’s anything I can’t do. I have no regrets. — Dionne Warwick

When it comes to global warming, coal is the gorilla in the room. — Jeff Goodell

Gorillas would be less scary with bunny ears. Actually, what isn’t less scary with bunny ears? Osama Bin Laden with bunny ears. Ha! So cute. — Dana Gould

I was the naughty kid that the teachers liked. I bullied a kid in the 1st year when I was in the 2nd, who then hit puberty like a plane crash and grew into a gorilla who bullied me when he was in the 4th year and I was in the 5th. That’s Karma. — Simon Pegg

Its important to remember that we evolved. Now, I know thats a dirty word for some people, but we evolved from common ancestors with the gorillas, the chimpanzee and also the bonobos. We have a common past, and we have a common future. — Louise Leakey

His name is Marcus: he is four and a half and possesses that deep gravity and seriousness that only small children and mountain gorillas have ever been able to master. — Neil Gaiman

The newspapers do little better. Their coverage of nonhuman animals is dominated by human interest events like the birth of a baby gorilla at the zoo, or by threats to endangered species; but developments in farming techniques that deprive millions of animals of freedom of movement go unreported. — Peter Singer

When I got my very first phone call that I’d hit the ‘New York Times’ list, I had a small rush of ‘I’ve made it!’ But the next morning, it occurred to me I didn’t know what it was, so I called my agent and asked what being a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author really meant. He informed me that I was now a thousand pound gorilla. — Lisa Gardner

Much of the rest of the world has already learned some English. They pretty much understand the American way of doing things, because our culture has been ubiquitous and has been the 500-pound gorilla in the global economy. But the world is far more interrelated than ever before, and no one culture can thrive without the knowledge of how to function in other cultures. — Bill Vaughan

Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutan shave been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest,living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment. — Jane Goodall

Active conservation [of gorillas] involves simply going out into the forest, on foot, day after day after day, attempting to capture poachers, killing-regretfully-poacher dogs, which spread rabies within the park, and cutting down traps. — Dian Fossey

I came face-to-face with a gorilla which was quite good, but it was a 10-hour trek in bad weather, up hills, covered in mud, with mosquitoes everywhere and when we got there the gorilla’s just sat there doing nowt. — Karl Pilkington

Worrying about a large institution, especially when it has computers, is like worrying about a large gorilla, especially when it’s on fire. — Bruce Sterling

I meditate, and when I do, Prince Harry appears in my subconscious and meditates with me. It’s a little strange but I don’t think there’s anything I can do about it. Sometimes he’s not the only one; the other day it was me, Prince Harry, the Dalai Lama, Mr. Rogers, Coco the gorilla, and George Clooney. We were all floating above the earth looking down at the continents as they passed. George Clooney suggested I visit Providence, Rhode Island. The Dalai Lama sighed deeply and said he’d like to visit Tibet. Poor Dalai Lama. — Kristin Cashore

Actually, scientists don’t know exactly how lice jumped from gorillas to our human ancestors. They speculate that we may have eaten them or perhaps slept in their nests. — Ziya Tong

Mirror that lies, mirror that lies, that can’t be me in the gorilla disguise. — Jimmy Buffett

I want to make movies just like King Kong. You know, dinosaurs, big gorillas – it’s everything that a nine year-old boy would fall in love with. — Peter Jackson

I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people. I can anticipate what a gorilla’s going to do, and they’re purely motivated. — Dian Fossey

You can drink pickle juice and imitate gorillas and do silly dances and sing stupid songs and wear funny hats and be as imperfect as you please and still be a good person. Good people are hard to find nowadays. And they’re a lot more fun than perfect people any day of the week. — Stephen Manes

Gorillas are still wild creatures. That’s made very clear when you observe them in nature. They charge and perform other displays that are terrifying by design. But they don’t attack unless they feel threatened. — Andy Serkis

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly, and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, ‘Where is that marvelous ape?’ — John McCain

If I’m talking to someone in a crowded room, I try to make this person feel as though we’re the only ones present. I shut out everything else. I look directly at the person. Even if a gorilla were to walk into the room, I probably wouldn’t notice it. — Mary Kay Ash

Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. — Jim Bishop

Gorillas are in danger of being wiped out by the Ebola virus. I feel like we have limited time to get to know them and understand them and they’re going to disappear – that’s terrifically sad. Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop that? — Sara Gruen

So Socrates was a kind of gadfly. He was a sort of philosophical urban gorilla hanging around in the middle of Athens, asking these peculiar questions of everybody – important people, young men, slaves – questions that had to do with ultimately what’s the life that’s worth living. And Plato was one of the young men who hung around him, a very aristocratic young man, came from a very old, important family. — Rebecca Goldstein

I don’t know if any genuine meaningful change could ever result from a song. It’s kind of like throwing peanuts at a gorilla. — Tom Waits

Rather than something like King Kong where I really went after studying gorillas in the wild and captivity. I based Caesar [ from the Rise of the Planet of the Apes] on a real chimpanzee and I worked with Terry [Notary] on a lot of chimpanzee movement. — Andy Serkis

And people who believe in God think God has put human beings on earth because they think human beings are the best animal, but human beings are just an animal and they will evolve into another animal, and that animal will be cleverer and it will put human beings into a zoo, like we put chimpanzees and gorillas into a zoo. Or human beings will all catch a disease and die out or they will make too much pollution and kill themselves, and then there will only be insects in the world and they will be the best animal. — Mark Haddon

I have no patience whatever with these gorilla damnifications of humanity. — Thomas Carlyle

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