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Zoo Quotes


"I love zoo sanctuaries." - Nancy Travis

"The zoo cannot but disappoint." - John Berger

"Life is a zoo in a jungle." - Peter De Vries

"I live in a zoo I run scandals with savages" - Cam'ron

"I love having my birthday at Australia Zoo." - Bindi Irwin

"Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild." - Jack Hanna

"Marlon was more of a formal zoo director type." - Jim Fowler

"Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo." - Paul Simon

"Traveling with a big band is like being an inmate in a traveling zoo." - Hoagy Carmichael

"Sometimes you think they must have come out of the chimp cages at the Bronx zoo." - Gerry Cheevers

"Greta Garbo: A deer in the body of a woman, living resentfully in the Hollywood zoo." - Clare Boothe Luce

"The only creature on earth whose natural habitat is a zoo is the zookeeper." - Robert Breault

"It's still relatively rare to have an epidemiologist at a zoo." - Steve Ross

"We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man." - Yann Martel

"Because we have put ourselves in our own zoo, we find it difficult to break out." - Edward T Hall

"Reverse petting zoo. You pet the animals, and they pet you back." - Andy Biersack

"I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children's zoo. Last week, four kids escaped." - Rodney Dangerfield

"Why build a zoo when we can just put up a fence around Chapel Hill?" - Jesse Helms

"Met someone who works at the zoo. Apparently the panda is a nasty animal." - Dov Davidoff

"I do' want to be on display like an animal in a zoo." - Grigori Perelman

"I don't want to be on display like an animal in a zoo." - Grigori Perelman

"When I was a kid in New York I used to go to the zoo. I always liked the zoo. I grew up within walking distance of the Bronx Zoo. And then when my first two children were young, I used to take them to the zoo. Zoos are always interesting. And I make pictures." - Garry Winogrand

"Zoo is an artificial territory, an approximation. Civilization is our natural territory." - Yann Martel

"The only creature on earth whose natural habitat is a zoo is the zookeeper." - Robert Brault

"Human wandering through the zoo what do your cousins think of you." - Don Marquis

"Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings." - Evan Esar

"For actors in Hollywood, it's very straightforward. We're well-paid animals in a zoo." - Robin Wright

"I go to movies, go out with friends, go to car shows. I have a zoo." - Axl Rose

"I love acting, but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo." - Nicole Kidman

"The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo." - Desmond Morris

"Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo." - Desmond Morris

"When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, 'Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?' He answered, 'If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you'," - Jerry Lewis

"A good zoo," Stella said, "is a large domain. A wild cage. A safe place to be. It has room to roam and humans who don't hurt." She pauses, considering her words. "A good zoo is how humans make amends." - Katherine Applegate

"In my view this is not democracy, but a zoo.... It was exactly what we expected, but not on that scale nor in that form. In a word, it was nothing but a zoo, you can't put it better" - Alexander Lukashenko

"Those who take knowledge to be a whole zoo of sub-disciplines will react to my giving metaphysics a privileged position in that zoo or to my thinking of knowledge as a tree, with more and less fundamental parts." - Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

"[On public events attended by royalty:] It was the usual 'zoo tea.' You know, we eat - the others watch." - Princess Margaret

"The caged eagle become a metaphor for all forms of isolation, the ultimate in imprisonment. A zoo is prison." - Nadine Gordimer

"Oh, I was an ugly kid. My old man took me to the zoo. They thanked him for returning me." - Rodney Dangerfield

"If you want to understand how a lion hunts, don't go to the zoo. Go to the jungle." - Jim Stengel

"I think the monkeys at the zoo should have to wear sunglasses so they can't hypnotize you." - Jack Handey

"Am I my brother's keeper? Yes. Interestingly, in my case, I share that honor with the Prospect Park Zoo." - Woody Allen

"It's a brilliant metaphor. What I meant to say was, when you see a monkey masturbating at the zoo..." - Jon Stewart

"I view my own body as a petting zoo. I am the main attraction... And the only customer." - Craig Ferguson

"My parents used to take me to the pet department and tell me it was a zoo." - Billy Connolly

"Comedians are the monkeys of acting. When you go to the zoo, everybody loves the monkey exhibit." - Tracy Morgan

"I'm in the middle of my sixth book, which is about animals at the Los Angeles Zoo." - Betty White

"We're in 'Jurassic Park' territory. If we go to the zoo in the future, we'll have zoos for extinct animals." - Michio Kaku

"Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam." - Spiro T Agnew

"The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother." - Evan Esar

"Mitt Romney is quite a guy. At one point he and his wife bought a zoo and fired all the animals." - David Letterman

"Most people are really nice but some stare, like you're some kind of zoo exhibit and not a real person with real feelings." - Emma Watson

"The only place that work and motion are the same thing is the zoo where people pay to see the animals move around" - Taiichi Ohno

"I've actually gone to the zoo and had monkeys shout to me from their cages, "I'm in here when you're walking around like that?"" - Robin Williams

"Jeez, was that a lion? Please tell me it's behind bars." "It's a zoo, Iggy," Nudge said, taking his arms and leading him. "Everything's behind bars." - James Patterson

"Children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures, but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us." - John Updike

"Hollywood movies are designed for 15-year-old youths from North Dakota who, intellectually speaking, are on equal terms with a British zoo animal." - Jeremy Clarkson

"A zoo is a good place to make a spectacle of yourself, as the people around you have creepier, more photogenic things to look at." - David Sedaris

"They can't expect anyone to actually pay for a shirt that says, 'I (picture of an elephant) the San Diego Zoo.' What does that even mean?" - Adam Rex

"Basketball, a game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo." - Ogden Nash

"Jeez, was that a lion? Please tell me it's behind bars." "It's a zoo, Iggy," Nudge said, taking his arms and leading him. "Everything's behind bars." - James Patterson

"I think the discomfort that some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign." - Carl Sagan

"There seems to be a general impression that to be known as normal in Hollywood is akin to being labeled as rare animal in a zoo." - Irene Dunne

"What's one more meaningless act of violence on that zoo of a planet? It would be appropriate. When in Rome; burn it." - Iain Banks

"Nothing there but basketball, a game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo." - Ogden Nash

"Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam." - Spiro Agnew

"It does get old to have to always be a monkey in a zoo. I don't know what it's like any more to be anonymous." - Kevin Bacon

"I love animals, and I was always attracted to the idea of being a zoo veterinarian or a veterinarian with the circus." - Kay Redfield Jamison

"Undressing her was an act of recklessness, a kind of vandalism, like releasing a zoo full of animals, or blowing up a dam." - Michael Chabon

"I got access to a private tour of the zoo. I got to go in a cage with a koala, which I highly recommend." - Todd Barry

"Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other." - Angela Davis

"As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment." - Temple Grandin

"People go to the zoo and they like the lion because it's scary. And the bear because it's intense, but the monkey makes people laugh." - Lorne Michaels

"My show was often like a zoo. I'd mix Margaret Mead with the man who whistled through his nose, or Richard Nixon with the tap-dancing dentist." - Joe Franklin

"It's like going to the zoo when you come to my house. I have snakes, three sharks, moray eels, piranhas, five scorpions and a bird spider." - Tracy Morgan

"Nobody in the city of Los Angeles knows how to catch an alligator, ... We have no experience in recreation and parks, the zoo or animal control." - Janice Hahn

"The Elgin Marbles were supposed to be on the Parthenon. For many works of art, a museum is an artificial setting - a zoo, not a natural habitat." - Virginia Postrel

"The zoo cannot but disappoint. The public purpose of zoos is to offer visitors the opportunity of looking at animals. Yet nowherein a zoo can a stranger encounter the look of an animal. At the most, the animal's gaze flickers and passes on. They look sideways. They look blindly beyond." - John Berger

"This really isn't a game we really should be proud of. This game is liking taking your kids to the zoo. You're supposed to take your kids to the zoo. You're a father. So a team like that, we're supposed to beat them like this." - Shaquille O'Neal

"A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street any more without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares." - Igor Stravinsky

"Newt Gingrich was campaigning at a zoo this week and he was bitten by a penguin. Newt Gingrich is always campaigning at zoos. Mitt Romney once did a photo op at a zoo. That was a big mistake, because he stood next to the chameleon, and HE changed colors." - Bill Maher

"The only thing I like about St. Louis is it has the best zoo in America, in Forest Park. Washington University is next door to the zoo. Animals get out, they're going to eat white people before they get to the ghetto!" - Dick Gregory

"I'm also not an avid watcher of the show ['Walking Dead'] for no good reason. I think it's obviously a great show. I think it's a good comparison [to "Zoo"], because it is this apocalyptic world we're living in Season 2 of "Zoo."" - James Wolk

"A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares." - Igor Stravinsky

"They used to have a smoking section at most airports. No more. They now have these glass-encased rooms. You're not just a smoker, you're an example to other people. You're an exhibit at a futuristic zoo." - Marc Maron

"A baboon in a forest is a matter of legitimate speculation; a baboon in a zoo is an object of public curiosity; but a baboon in your wife's bed is a cause of the gravest concern." - Winston Churchill

"Your own space, man, it's so important. That's why we were doomed because we didn't have any. It is like monkeys in a zoo. They die. You know, everything needs to be left alone." - George Harrison

"My wife a great driver, she once hit a deer. It was in a zoo. There is a pair of shoes on the dashboard. They belong to the last guy she hit" - Rodney Dangerfield

"The whole idea of being in captivity in such limited space, especially in a zoo, causes elephants to suffer. They develop all kinds of foot diseases. They die. They get cysts. Not only is it painful, it eventually kills them." - Lily Tomlin

"You have city centre pubs where men go to meet girls, not realising that all girls in city centre pubs have thighs like tug boats and morals that would surprise a zoo animal." - Jeremy Clarkson

"I started thinking what could happen with my art and I realized that the biggest thing that could is that it winds up in a museum. It's like finding a rare animal and putting it in the zoo." - Patti Smith

"I don't have time for lie-on-the-beach vacations. I'm a zoo person. There's one in New Jersey where animals actually come up to your car. I love the monkeys - I used to give them bubblegum to chew." - Missy Elliot

"Every time you go to the zoo, you prolong the captivity of the animals there! If no one goes to the zoos, there will be no zoos! Destroying the evil is very simple and it is in your hand!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"A good way to lose weight is to put salt on your ass and go to a petting zoo. But stay away from goats because I've seen them fornicate with a mail box." - Gary Busey

"A baboon in a forest is a matter of legitimate speculation; a baboon in a zoo is an object of public curiosity; but a baboon in your wife's bed is a cause of the gravest concern." - Winston Churchill

"Welcome to Hollywood, a land just off the coast of planet Earth. I am never quite certain if I am visiting the zoo, or if I'm one of the animals in a cage." - Elinor Glyn

"Each living art object, taken out of its native habitat so we can conveniently gaze at it, is like an animal in a zoo. Something about it has died in the removal." - Daniel J Boorstin

"I have been called a Rogue Elephant, a Cannibal Shark, and a crocodile. I am none the worse. I remain a caged, and rather sardonic, lion, in a particularly contemptible and ill-run zoo." - Wyndham Lewis

"A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and elk and bison would be - will be - a human zoo. A high-tech slum." - Edward Abbey

"We don't understand the power of nature and the world because we don't live with it. Our environment is designed to sustain us. We are the domestic pets of a human zoo called civilization." - Laurence Gonzales

"It was a huge zoo, spread over numberless acres, big enough to require a train to explore it, though it seemed to get smaler as I grew older, train included. Now it's so small it fits in my head." - Yann Martel

"...if you fall into a lion's pit, the reason the lion will tear you to pieces is not because it's hungry-be assured, zoo animals are amply fed-or because it's bloodthirsty, but because you've invaded it's territory." - Yann Martel

"I'm not going to / let a little thing like the world stand in my way. / Why should I? I understand it / as much as I understand penguins / and I still go to the zoo." - Matthew Dickman

"Film is my passion. I had no money, after Human Zoo. I was completely broke. It was horrible. My film was in Berlin on opening night, but I couldn't even get to Berlin." - Rie Rasmussen

"Sportswriters are a rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks, a gang of vicious monkeys jerking off in a zoo cage... more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing out the carcass of a dead animal." - Hunter S Thompson

"All I'm doing is photographing. When I was working on The Animals, I was working on a lot of other things too. I kept going to the zoo because things were going on in certain pictures. It wasn't a project." - Garry Winogrand

"[Chicago]: This vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, mace-smelling boneyard of a city: an elegant rockpile of a monument to everything cruel and stupid and corrupt in the human spirit." - Hunter S Thompson

"When you are brought up in a zoo, you know what's going on in the monkey house. You see a couple of monkeys loose and one is President and one is Vice President, you know it's trouble. Monkeys make trouble." - Gore Vidal

"Then he rose and began to pace the room in an overwrought sort of way, like a zoo lion who has heard the dinner-gong go and is hoping the keeper won't forget him in the general distribution." - P G Wodehouse

"Then giving young Albert a shilling, He said Pop off back to the Zoo. 'Ere's your stick with the 'orses's 'ead 'andle, Go and see what the Tigers can do!" - Marriott Edgar

"It could be said now that all animals live in zoos, whether it is a zoo in Regent's Park, London or a Nigerian Game Reserve. Perhaps what's left to argue is only the zoo's quality." - Peter Greenaway

"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

"A peacock escaped from the Central Park Zoo and wandered around the city. Either that or I just saw a pigeon on his way to a gay pride parade." - Jimmy Fallon

"Betty took him for a walk in the zoo and he was amused by her evident belief in the curative power of animals. She seemed to think that it must steady him to look at a buffalo." - Nathanael West

"'The Nature of Jade' is about a girl who works with the elephants at the zoo near her home, and who, through her involvement with them, becomes involved with a boy and his baby." - Deb Caletti

"To me, these people were as exotic as animals in a zoo. I'd never seen anything like them. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be one of them or simply live among them taking notes and photographs." - Augusten Burroughs

"He was very concerned about his children potentially being kidnapped or attached, and that's why they were covered up. When he went to Berlin zoo, there were 200 photographers." - Martin Bashir

"When I was in college, the first thing we did in acting class was to observe an animal at the zoo and become that animal. So I picked a wallaby." - Claire Coffee

"I didn't want to do a zoo show. I didn't want to do a study of someone with mental illness. I just wanted to show someone who was trying to live their life." - Daniel Craig

"If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay." - Bob Dole

"What's the reality of being inside a zoo, for the animals and for the people who love and care for those animals? There's a lot of joy, and there's a lot of loss." - Thomas French

"Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum." - Vance Havner

"My mom once lost track of me at the zoo and when she found me I was lecturing a man about the difference between dromedary and Bactrian camels. I was about 3 1/2." - Patrick Rothfuss

"Though not a natural world by any means, more like a collection of living dioramas, a zoo exists in its own time zone, somewhere between the seasonal sense of animals and our madly ticking watch time." - Diane Ackerman

"More people thought I was strange because I was a teenage novelist, not because I was from Oklahoma. That's where I got the looks like I was from the zoo." - S E Hinton

"A zoo is not an ideal place for an animal - of course the best place for a chimp is the wilds of Tanzania - but a good zoo is a decent, acceptable place. Animals are far more flexible than we realize. IF they weren't, they wouldn't have survived. But my opinion about zoos came after research. Initially I had the opinion that most people have, that they are jails." - Yann Martel

"...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

"Many Americans think of the rest of the world as a kind of Disneyland, a showplace for quaint fauna, flora and artifacts. They dress for travel in cheap, comfortable, childish clothes, as if they were going to the zoo and would not be seen by anyone except the animals." - Alison Lurie

"When I was six years old, my parents took me to this farmers market with a petting zoo. They put me on a pony and, for some reason, it took off at a run and they had to chase it down. They tell me it was kind of traumatic." - David Schwimmer

"I remember once reading that it is still not understood how the giraffe manages to pump an adequate blood supply all the way up to its head; but it is hard to imagine that anyone would conclude tht giraffes do not have long necks. At least not anyone who had ever been to a zoo" - Robert Solow

"As for those deserters, malcontents, radicals, incendiaries, the civil and uncivil disobedients among the young, SDS, PLP, Weathermen I and Weathermen II, the revolutionary action movement, the Black United Front, Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, Lions and Tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for a single platoon of the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam." - Spiro T Agnew

"The surprise of animals... in and out, cats and dogs and a milk goat and chickens and guinea hens, all taken for granted, as if man was intended to live on terms of friendly intercourse with the rest of creation instead of huddling in isolation on the fourteenth floor of an apartment house in a city where animals occurred behind bars in the zoo." - Elizabeth Janeway

"I'm less upset with politicians than [with] the media. I feel like politicians ? the way I explain it, is when you go to a zoo and a monkey throws feces, it's a monkey. But when the zookeeper is standing right there and he doesn't say, 'Bad monkey' ? somebody's gotta be the zookeeper." - Jon Stewart

"[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

"It is hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don't get mad at a monkey when he throws poop at you at the zoo... What does get me angry is the ridiculous, disingenuous defending of the poop-throwing monkey." - Jon Stewart

"In 1986, our commencement speaker was George Schultz, secretary of state, fourth in line to the president. You get me-basic cable's second most popular fake newsman. At this rate, the class of 2021 will be addressed by a zoo parrot in a mortar-board that has been trained to say "congratulations." - Stephen Colbert

"And when you come back to Japan next summer, let's have that date or whatever you want to call it. We can go to the zoo or the botanical garden or the aquarium, and then we'll have the most politically correct and scrumptious omelets we can find." - Haruki Murakami

"I bet it breaks your heart to have two of your friends pine for me the way they do," he said proudly. "Luna...and now Scarlet. They can't keep their hands off of me." "It's just because you are foreign to them. It's like if they went to the zoo and stared at the monkeys. You are the monkey." - Ellen Schreiber

"Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror." - Yann Martel

"When I take my kids to the zoo in Los Angeles, they always look the longest at the creature that moves the least - especially those in the reptile house. I asked myself: 'Who are the people that are pretty cool but also very still and monotone in their expression?' and I thought of Jose Mourinho." - Julian Sands

"What do the animals do in the zoo? That's the same thing that I do in my cell. I play with myself. I make little string dolls. I talk to roaches. I'm in jail for nine counts of murder, and I didn't do it. I'm in solitary confinement, may I add." - Charles Manson

"There are some people who begin the Zoo at the beginning, called WAYIN, and walk as quickly as they can past every cage until they get to the one called WAYOUT, but the nicest people go straight to the animal they love the most, and stay there." - A A Milne

"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

"This is an extremely foolish and stupid and idiotic kind of attitude - to expect theatres to make money. Do the public schools make money? Do libraries make money? Does the zoo make money? D o the sewers make money? It's a community service." - John Hirsch

"Surely one zoo in the world should have the courage to draw the ultimate conclusion about our ancestry? A cage with Homo Sapiens in all its varying forms, perhaps then we would understand ourselves better. The question of course is whether the other animals would approve of it." - Cees Nooteboom

"The problem with the alphabet is that it bears no relation to anything at all, and when words are arranged alphabetically they are uselessly separated. In the OED, for example, aardvarks are 19 volumes away from the zoo, yachts are 18 volumes from the beach, and wine is 17 volumes from the nearest corkscrew." - Mark Forsyth

"The zoo is a prison for animals who have been sentenced without trial and I feel guilty because I do nothing about it. I wanted to see an oyster-catcher, so I was no better than the people who caged the oyster-catcher for me to see." - Russell Hoban

"I still haven't gotten over this thing of walking down the street and somebody recognizing you because you've been in a movie. There's this illusion that movie stars only exist in the movies. And to see one live is like seeing a leopard let out of the zoo." - Sam Shepard

"My father never cheated on my mother. He used to cheat on me. He used to pick other kids after school. Take them to the zoo. Take them to play ball. One day he came to me. He says, Look I got to level with you. I met another kid." - Dom Irrera

"Boys and girls need chances to be around their father, to be enjoyed by him and if possible to do things with him. Better to play fifteen minutes enjoyably and then say, 'Now I'm going to read my paper' than to spend all day at the zoo crossly." - Benjamin Spock

"So I can go and let out everything that I feel about every bogus weekly cover, every single bogus skit, every single rumor and barber shop-everything that people feel is ok to treat celebrities like zoo animals, or act like what they're saying is not serious, or their lives are not serious or their dreams are not serious." - Kanye West