80+ Tiger Quotes For The Fiercest Animal Lovers

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 29, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Beautiful Bengal tiger.

Tigers are one of the greatest, majestic, animals in the world.

Tigers can reach up to 3.3 meters in height and 670 pounds in weight, making them the largest species of cat in existence. Their strength is incredible compared to humans!

Tigers are recognizable because of their dark vertical stripes and orange to brown fur. They are a type of nocturnal apex predators, preying on hoofed animals like wild boar and deer. Mostly solitary, they can be found to be social if required. They hunt in herds and raise their offsprings, in a large habitat to teach them the basics.

A tiger's roar is said to be heard as far as 3 kilometers away! They can live up to 25 years in the wild and unlike other cats, they love to swim!

They are well known to mimic the calls of other animals in order to hunt them. If you want to join naturalists and join conservatives then you can find these tiger quotes can spark a level of courage in you, even for a moment.

For more related content these tiger quotes, take a look at lion quotes and tigger quotes.

Fierce Quotes About Tigers

Get to know the heart of a tiger with these great tiger quotes. These tiger quotes and brave words may even make you find the courage within that can last for a while.

1. "The most magnificent creature in the entire world, the tiger is."

— Jack Hanna.

2. "I've often felt that the Indian tiger has not been unleashed."

— Ratan Tata.

3. "There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger and knowing they could be watching you already."

— Ashlan Gorse Cousteau.

4. "The tiger's world is not only amoral but peculiarly consequence-free, and this-the atavistic certainty that there is nothing more lethal than itself-is the apex predator's greatest weakness."

— John Vaillant.

5. "The tiger will see you a hundred times before you see him once."

— John Vaillant.

6. "No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it."

— Franklin D. Roosevelt.

7. "Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside."

—John F. Kennedy.

8. "It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious."

— Henry David Thoreau.

9. "Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last."

— Maureen Dowd.

10. "An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured."

— Konrad Adenauer.

11. "If you rile a tiger, he's going to show his claws."

— Rob James-Collier.

12. "Animal totems, like the tiger, come from the Other Side to protect us while we are away from Home."

— Sylvia Browne.

13. "...the tiger is a bellwether--one of the thousands of similarly vulnerable species, which are, at once, casualties of our success and symbols of our failure."

— John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

14. "There has to be absolute trust between the tiger and its master, but its master must be the master – there must be no mistake about that."

— Ridley Scott.

15. "Tiger tracks...follow them long enough and you will eventually arrive at a tiger unless the tiger arrives at you first."

― John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

16. "The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours."

— T. S. Eliot.

17. "The tiger is humbled by memories of prey."

—Steven Erikson.

18. "Life goes on and you don't touch tigers."

— Yann Martel.

19. "Tigers and women have something in common, it is their disposition; they must be treated majestically."

— Henrietta Newton Martin.

20. "If we choose to walk into a forest where a tiger lives, we are taking a chance."

—Peter Benchley.

21. "There is no off switch on a tiger."

—German Proverb.

Thought-Provoking Quotes

See some great words about the strength and the heart of Tigers for you! Find the best quotes yourself!

22. "To say a tiger is an "outside" animal is an understatement that is best appreciated when a tiger is inside."

― John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

23. "The shadows of twilight grow,

And the tiger's ancient fierceness

In my veins begins to flow."

— William Wetmore Story.

24. "If tigers could write books, they would say, the man was created for them and that man is a most sinful animal because he does not allow him to catch him easily."

— Swami Vivekananda.

25. "Now I was a tiger that neither pounced nor lay waiting between the trees. I became an unseen spirit."

— Amy Tan.

26. "The long-run is what puts the tiger in the cat."

— Bill Squires.

27. "Time is the tiger that devours me, but I am that tiger."

— Jorge Luis Borges.

28. "I've read a tiger's not dangerous,

They say the tiger won't attack

But one thing's not clear to me.

Has he read this, too? Does he know?"

― John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

29. "A wounded tiger is a dangerous beast."

— Arthur Golden.

30. "Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cubs."

— Sun Tzu.

31. "We think of tigers as being ferocious, etc. But to my mind, it was the other way around: the humans embodied certain animal traits."

— Yann Martel.

32. "One may ride upon a tiger's back but it is fatal to dismount."

— Ernest Bramah, ‘The Kai Lung Omnibus’.

33. "You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes."

— Gilbert K. Chesterton.

34. "Nothing exists now but the tiger, filling his field of vision like a bad accident, like the end of the world: a pair of blazing yellow lanterns over a temple door framed with ivory columns."

― John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

35. "A writer's promise is like a tiger's smile."

— Lytton Strachey.

36. "Certain people have the eye of the tiger, and I never was myself that kind of person, although I'm not a slacker."

— Britta Phillips.

37. "Our noblest hopes grow teeth and pursue us like tigers."

— John Gardner.

38. "An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger."

— Confucius.

39. "When the time comes, let loose a tiger and a devil; but wait for the time with the tiger and the devil chained -not shown- yet always ready."

— Charles Dickens.

40. "If your mind becomes calm, you can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, you will surely succeed."

— Mencius.

41. "I never try to make a painting, but a chunk of life. It is a scream; it is a night; it is like a child; it is a tiger behind bars."

— Karel Appel.

42. "We would be better off thinking of nature as a tiger than as a docile and compliant automaton that can never threaten our survival."

— Bruno Latour.

Philosophical Quotes

Great philosophical quotes and proverbs related to tigers.

43. "A tiger never returns to his prey he did not finish off."

— Chinese Proverb.

44. "A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts."

— Wole Soyinka.

45. "Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight."

— Chinese proverb.

46. "When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it a sport. When a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity."

— George Bernard Shaw.

47. "Tiger watches and hunts; whereas, hyenas wait and wait, for their time, to reach rubbish left by the tiger; similarly, the fools wait, not the wise ones."

— Ehsan Segal.

48. "Don't be a tiger's head with a snake's tail."

— Chinese Proverb.

49. "A tiger never loses sleep over the opinion of sheep."

— Ziad K. Abdelnour.

50. "Even after killing ninety-nine tigers, the Maharaja should beware of the hundredth."

—Kalki Krishnamurthy.

51. "It is far better to live like a tiger for a day than to live like a jackal for a hundred years."

— Benito Mussolini.

52. "In waking a tiger, use a long stick."

— Mao Zedong.

53. "If you do not enter the tiger's den, how can you get his cub?"

— Chinese proverb.

54. "A samurai will use a toothpick even though he has not eaten. Inside the skin of a dog, outside the hide of a tiger."

— Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

55. "When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die."

— Gichin Funakoshi.

56. "Better to live one year as a tiger, then a hundred as sheep."

— Madonna.

57. "The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction."

— William Blake.

58. "He who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount."

— Chinese proverb.

59. "Life is a tiger you have to grab by the tail, and if you don't know the nature of the beast it will eat you up."

— Stephen King, 'Different Seasons'.

60. "No one can walk beneath palm trees with impunity, and ideas are sure to change in a land where tigers are at home."

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Elective Affinities’.

61. "The tiger will never lie down with the lamb; he acknowledges no pact that is not reciprocal. The lamb must learn to run with the tigers."

— Angela Carter.

62. "To beat a tiger one must have a brother's help."

— Chinese proverb.

Funny Quotes

Some funny quotes to show we don't always have to be afraid of Tigers!

63. "There can be no real fight between a tiger and a chicken; between the love and the man; between the strong and the weak!"

— Mehmet Murat Ildan.

64. "I call myself a blind man riding on a blind tiger."

— Jack Ma.

65. "Just like a kitten that thinks it's a tiger."

— Stephenie Meyer.

66. "Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed."

— Harry S. Truman.

67. "Some days you tame the tiger, and some days the tiger has you for lunch."

— Tug McGraw

68. "There can be no more positive neutrality than there can be a vegetarian tiger."

— V. K. Krishna Menon.

69. "Truly men hate the truth; they'd liefer meet a tiger on the road."

— Robinson Jeffers.

70. "If you're losing a tug of war with a tiger, give it the rope. You can always buy a new one."

— Max Gunther.

71. "If you want to kick the tiger in his back you'd better have a plan for dealing with his teeth."

— Tom Clancy.

72. "Young normal tigers do not eat people. If eaten by a tiger you may rest assured he was abnormal."

— Will Cuppy.

73. "Few things are less comforting than a tiger who's up too late."

Bill Watterson.

74. "Tigers go by several different names here, and one of them is Toyota-because, during the 1990s, that is what you could buy with one."

— John Vaillant, 'The Tiger: A True Story Of Vengeance And Survival'.

75. "Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian."

— Heywood Broun.

76. "Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings."

— Ethiopian Proverb.

77. "God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger."

— John Gardner.

78. "Everyone needs a dog to adore him, and a tiger to bring him back to reality."

— Unknown*.

79. "Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them."

— Bill Watterson.

80. "The impact of an attacking tiger can be compared to that of a piano falling on you from a second-story window."

— John Vaillant.

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Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for tiger quotes, then why not take a look at 'The Lion King' quotes, or animal lover quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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