The President is no more than a well-meaning baboon. I went to the White House directly after tea, where I found "The Original Gorilla", about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now.— George B. McClellan
Belligerent Gorilla quotations
Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.
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.
I have no friends. The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.
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.
...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.
It never gets easier; you just go faster.
Hair on a man's chest is thought to denote strength.
The gorilla is the most powerful of bipeds and has hair on every place on his body except for his chest.
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!
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.'
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.
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.
The world's strongest animals are plant eaters. Gorillas, Buffaloes, Elephants and me.
[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.
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
[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
The need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put another way, the chimpanzees' closest relative is not the gorilla but humans.
I don't think there's anything I can't do. I have no regrets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.