Elephants

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Our lord the Elephant,
Chief of the ways of God

The elephant is the largest living land animal.

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  • 群盲評象
    • 涅槃経 (Nirvana Sutra)
    • Translation: A crowd of blind people evaluate an elephant.
    • A metaphor of unenlighted people and their relation to the right knowledge.
  • Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant,
    The only harmless great thing.
  • The torn boughs trailing o'er the tusks aslant,
    The saplings reeling in the path he trod,
    Declare his might — our lord the Elephant,
    Chief of the ways of God.
  • In the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn't pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant — a new Elephant — an Elephant's Child — who was full of 'satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions.
  • His services are like so many white elephants, of which nobody can make use, and yet that drain one's gratitude, if indeed one does not feel bankrupt.
    • G. E. Jewbury Letters 1892; this is the earliest known occurrence of "white elephant" in English, though references to Indian and Thai veneration of white elephants go back to at least the early 17th century. [1]
  • Women and elephants never forget an injury.
    • Saki, Reginald on Besetting Sins
    • Usually quoted as Elephants never forget; this is the original according to Dictionary of Proverbs and their Origin, L & R Flavell, Kyle Cathie Ltd. 1994; ISBN 1 85626 141 7, p.88
  • Early one morning the sub-inspector at a police station the other end of the town rang me up on the phone and said that an elephant was ravaging the bazaar. Would I please come and do something about it?
  • Not that I think much depends
    On how we treat our feathered friends,
    Or hold the wrinkled elephant
    A nobler creature than my aunt.
    It's simply that I'm sure I can
    Get on without my fellow man.

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,

I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything

When I see an elephant fly.

I saw a front porch swing, heard a diamond ring,
I saw a polka-dot railroad tie.
But I think I will have seen everything

when I see an elephant fly.

I seen a clothes horse, he r'ar up and buck
And they tell me that a man made a vegetable truck
I didn't see that, I only heard

But just to be sociable I'll take your word

I heard a fireside chat, I saw a baseball bat
And I just laughed till I thought I'd die
But I'd be done see'n about everything

when I see an elephant fly.

  • Elephant-ear-witnesses-to-be of hymns
    and glorias, these ministrants all gray or
    gray with white on legs or trunk, are a pilgrims'

    pattern of revery not reverence — a
    religious procession without any priests,
    the centuries-old carefullest unrehearsed
    play.

  • An elephant can trumpet and shake the earth but not the self-possession of the ants who hold it.

Song: The Elephant by Michael Flanders

  • A elephant's life is tedious, laborious and slow;
    I've been an elephant all me life so I blooming well ought to know.
  • I'm an Introverted, Elephocentric, Hypochondriac,
    And I'll stick in the Elephant's nursing home
    Till I get me memory back!
  • I suffer from Schizophrenia
    It comes on me in spells
    Sometimes I'm King of Armenia
    At others I'm Orson Welles.
    I tell them I'm Napoleon
    and all that sort of bunk
    They never guess that all the time
    I'm laughing up me trunk!

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  • Whatever you do, don't think of the elephant!

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