60 Lion Quotes and Sayings for Motivation

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Lion Quotes and Sayings

Do not pluck the beard of a dead lion. ~ Roman Proverb.

The lion cares less about being king of the beasts than about finding his dinner. ~ Mason Cooley.

When a lion doesn’t get its prey, it remains hungry. When the prey saves himself, he has not won, but has saved his life. ~ Uday Kotak.

If a lion is not accepted in its own den, it will find no refuge in the rest of the jungle. ~ Wes Fesler.

The lion is the defender of faith, strength, valor, fortitude, and kingliness. ~ Murray Zimiles.

Only a lion can recognize a lion’s roar. ~ Kodo Sawaki.

Lions would have fared better, had lions been the artists. ~ John Henry Newman.


Don’t wake the sleeping lion. ~ Jamaican Proverb.

One meal a day is enough for a lion, and it ought to be for a man. ~ George Fordyce.

The lion is an emblem of the dream of absolute power – and, as a wild rather than a domestic animal, he belongs to a world outside the realm of society and culture. ~ Charles H. Hinnant.

If the lion didn’t bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn’t be exciting. ~ Darrell Waltrip.

Some people lose all respect for the lion unless he devours them instantly. There is no pleasing some people. ~ Will Cuppy.

Lions are the ones who never look back on barking dogs. ~ M. Rehan Behleem.

Best Lion Quotes and Sayings

A Lion that hunts for survival in the jungle does not envy the one being fed in a zoo. ~ Suhaib Rumi.

The lion is not so fierce as it is painted. ~ Spanish Proverb

The lion does not need the whole world to fear him, only those nearest where he roams. ~ A.J. Darkholme.

If a lion could speak, it would not understand itself. ~ Michael Frayn.

A Lion is called a ‘king of beasts’ obviously for a reason. ~ Jack Hanna.

A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. ~ Vernon Howard.

Son, sometimes you have to be a lion, so you can be the lamb you really are. ~ Dave Chapelle.

A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested. ~ George Seferis.

The lion will lay down with the lamb, but every morning they’ll have to provide a new lamb. Maybe this world is another planet’s hell. ~ Aldous Huxley.

Top Lion Quotes and Sayings

Saying the lion is kind of the beasts says something about lions and also something about kings. ~ Judith Lynne Hanna.

Destroy the lion while he is but a whelp. ~ Portuguese Proverb.


Lions make leopards tame. ~ William Shakespeare.

Truth does not sit in a cave and hide like a lie. It wanders around proudly and roars loudly like a lion. ~ Suzy Kassem.

When a lion meets another with a louder roar, the first lion thinks the last a bore. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

Lions are neither predators nor killers. They just go for hunting like kings; because they are the kings! ~ Munia Khan.

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions. ~ Daniel Defoe.

If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning. ~ William Blake.

The roaring lion kills no game. ~ African Proverb.

When a lion sleeps, let him sleep. ~ Yiddish Proverb.

The lion is known by its claw. ~ Roman Proverb

Naked lions are just as dangerous as elegantly dressed ones. ~ Susan Cain.

Popular Lion Quotes and Sayings

The lion is most handsome when looking for food. ~ Rumi.

Lions at home, foxes abroad. ~ Roman Proverb

Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion. ~ Aesop

The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort. ~ Chanakya.

A lion runs the fastest when he is hungry. ~ Salman Khan.

The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself. ~ St. Augustine.

The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep. ~ Woody Allen.

Lions don’t have to roar. There is power in silence, confidence, and persistence. Those who work don’t talk, and those who talk don’t work. Handle your business. Measure your efforts by results. Focus your time, energy, and activity on mastering and executing a plan. ~ Les Brown.


My soul is among lions. ~ Bible.

An injured lion still wants to roar. ~ Randy Pausch.

The gait of the lion is relaxed until he is ready to charge. The charge is a series of great springs. ~ Theodore M. Vestal.

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~ Elizabeth Kenny.

Famous Lion Quotes and Sayings

A lion’s work hours are only when he’s hungry; once he’s satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together. ~ Chuck Jones.

A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep. ~ George R.R. Martin.

The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself. ~ Rumi.

You know the lion is dangerous when it is quiet, stalking, sneaking up on its prey. Only after it has ambushed and killed its prey does the lion roar. It wants to intimidate the jackals. ~ J. Hand.

True, the lion is a mighty, noble animal, but it is an animal nevertheless! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan.

The lion is ashamed, it’s true, when he hunts with the fox. ~ Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.

When the lion is dead the hares jump upon its carcass. ~ Italian Proverb.

The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli.

Be as a lion in the path. Be dangerous even in defeat. ~ Anton Szandor LaVey.

Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter. ~ Aaron Hill.

If it sounds like a sheep but looks like a lion, it’s probably a lion. ~ Nicholas Eames.

The lion is the defender of faith, strength, valor, fortitude, and kingliness. ~ Murray Zimiles.

If you want to be a lion, you have to train with lions. ~ Carlson Gracie.

The lion is, however, rarely heard – much more seldom seen. ~ John Hanning Speke.

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