Today marks World Elephant Day, an international event held annually on 12 August. It is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s largest terrestrial animal.
On the occasion, IBTimes Singapore has gathered quotes to mark the day.
“Of all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditations, that on death is supreme.” – Gautama Buddha
“Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.” – Charlie Chaplin
“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.” – John Donne
“In 1255, Louis IX of France presented an elephant to Henry III of England to add to the menagerie of exotic animals he kept in the Tower of London.” – Karen Maitland
“Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.” – Samuel Richardson
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” – David Attenborough
“Making films is about having absolute and foolish confidence; the challenge for all of us is to have the heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant.” – Mira Nair
“There are 13 Asian countries that still have elephants, and Elephant Family is looking to invest in further projects that will be the most critical for saving elephants while there is still time.” – Mark Shand
“Elephants, it turns out, are surprisingly stealthy.” – Thomas French
“The elephant can survive only if forests survive.” – Mark Shand