Dolphin Quotes, Sayings, Captions

Lovers of the sea and all its creatures will enjoy these dolphin quotes.

These sayings represent some of the best thoughts and observations about dolphins from scientists, researchers, authors, and conservationists.

Dolphin quotes: beauty, intelligence, and spirit

Let’s begin with a few of our favorite dolphin quotes.

Best dolphin quotes

1.) Imagine a dolphin dancing in the sky. Let it dance with joy. Think of yourself at the bottom of the ocean watching.
Yoko Ono

2.) The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man, it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

3.) Like a dolphin, I am graceful, powerful, and compassionate.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

4.) There may be a common thread of consciousness between man and dolphin.
Joan McIntyre

Dolphin quotes about life

5.) Don’t trust blindly. If in shark-infested waters, don’t assume the fin coming toward you is a dolphin.
Mary Russel

6.) I break up through the skin of awareness a thousand times a day, as dolphins burst through seas, and dive again, and rise, and dive.
Annie Dillard

7.) Kings also sleep; but the clever ones, with one eye open, just like dolphins and whales
Mehmet Murat Ildan

8.) Dolphins are not automatic air-breathers like we are. Every breath is a conscious effort. If life becomes too unbearable, the dolphins just take a breath and they sink to the bottom. They don’t take the next breath.
Ric O’Barry

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Happiness

9.) To get rid of depression, I swim with dolphins.
Patti Stanger

10.) Sweetness! World needs sweetness! It needs a sweet child, a sweet dolphin, a sweet monkey; it needs sweet people to soften the callous hearts!
Mehmet Murat Ildan

11.) When the shark laughs with the dolphin, there is a devilish spirit at play.
Tahitian Proverb

12.) Though pleased to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way.
Matthew Green

Dolphin’s smile

13.) Out at sea for a year
Floating free from all fear
Every day blowin’ spray
In a dolphin’s smile
The Byrds, “Dolphin’s Smile”

14.) A dolphin’s smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion that they’re always happy.
Ric O’Barry

Dolphin quotes about love

15.) I feel at ease and, in an indefinable way, at home, when dolphins are around / I now know when they are nearby before they appear / I dream after they leave.
Virginia Coyle

16.) Dolphin can lead us to an understanding of how to live in harmony with the twin needs of individuality and cooperation. Dolphin carries balance, peace, joy, compassion, love, and power.
Loren Cruden

Friendship

17.) To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage
Plutarch

18.) Dolphins are social mammals, capable of enjoying their lives. They form close bonds with other members of their group.
Peter Singer

Albert Einstein dolphin quote

Inspirational dolphin quotes

19.) The vast blue ocean is waiting for her, and this is only the beginning of her story.
Gill Lewis, “White Dolphin”

20.) More than anything, it was the blue dolphins that took me back home.
Scott O’Dell

21.) I felt such a deep connection with dolphins. I felt like they were the only ones who understood me.
Lykke Li

22.) I have been honoured to serve the whales, dolphins, seals — and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me.
Paul Watson

23.) Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature… It appears to be the fleetest of all animals, marine and terrestrial, and it can leap over the masts of large vessels.
Aristotle

Beauty

24.) One day I caught four Dolphins, how much I have gazed at these beautiful creatures… as they changed their hue in twenty varieties of richest arrangement of tints.
John James Audubon

Dolphin song lyrics

25.) Sometimes you’re crazy then you wonder why
I’m such a baby, yeah, the dolphins make me cry.
Hootie & The Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be With You”

26.) I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins,
like dolphins can swim.
David Bowie, “Heroes”

27.) See them play in the moonlight
Watch them dance in the sun
They’re the children of freedom — everyone
As they care for each other
With no question or cause
They deserve to be treasured as a source of love
Olivia Newton John, “The Promise (The Dolphin Song)”

28.) U can cut off all my fins
But 2 your ways I will not bend
I’ll die before I let U tell me how 2 swim
And I’ll come back again as a dolphin
Prince, “Dolphin”

Dolphin poetry

29.) What can books of men that live
In a dragon-guarded land
Paintings of the dolphin-drawn
Sea-nymphs in their pearly wagons
Do, but awake a hope to live… ?
William Butler Yeats

30.) His delights
Were dolphin-like
They showed his back above
The element they lived in.
William Shakespeare

31.) The singing of flutes gently animates the dolphin
In the depths of the waveless sea.
Pindar

32.) I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid’s music.
William Shakespeare

Yoko Ono quote

Funny dolphin sayings

33.) Dolphins and sharks are natural enemies. Dolphins are like, “Quit eating us,” and sharks are like, “Stop smiling all the time, you morons.”
Dan Florence

34.) Dolphins: Animals that are so intelligent that, within a few weeks of captivity, they can train a man to stand on the edge of their pool and throw them food three times a day.
Hal Roach

35.) It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English — up to 50 words used in correct context — no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
Carl Sagan

36.) I pitched the idea that SpongeBob and Patrick learn a swearword. Everyone said no. I couldn’t even use a bleep. So I used a dolphin sound instead.
Stephen Hillenburg, “SpongeBob SquarePants”

37.) A pair of dolphins swept by us in the water, flicking their heads out to get a look at us as they went. One of them made a chittering sound that wasn’t very melodic. The other twitched its tail and splashed a little water our way, all in good fun. They weren’t the attractive Flipper kind of dolphins. They were regular dolphins that aren’t as pretty and don’t get cast on television. Maybe they just refused to sell out and see a plastic surgeon. I held up a fist to them. Represent.
Jim Butcher

Cute dolphin phrases

38.) Never trust a species that grins all the time. It’s up to something.
Terry Pratchett

39.) You can’t get a dolphin. What are you gonna do, like, put it in your pool?
Miley Cyrus

40.) Curiously enough, the dolphins had long known of the impending destruction of the planet Earth and had made many attempts to alert mankind of the danger; but most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts to punch footballs or whistle for tidbits, so they eventually gave up and left the Earth by their own means…
Douglas Adams

Short dolphin sayings

41.) Who doesn’t like dolphins? They’re like puppies.
Austin Stowell

42.) There is something about dolphins. It is difficult to put into words.
Mark Carwardine

43.) Skeptics, like dolphins, change when dying.
Lady Blessington

44.) We do not exploit our dolphins for profit.
Fidel Castro

45.) Sharks are the criminals of the sea. Dolphins are the outlaws.
Tom Robbins

46.) Teach an eagle to fly, a dolphin to swim.
Latin proverb

Dolphin intelligence quotes

47.) Yeah, dolphins and monkeys basically could play chess together. Those are brilliant animals.
Perry DeAngelis

48.) The voice of the dolphin in air is like that of the human, in that they can pronounce vowels, and combinations of vowels.
Aristotle

49.) Dolphins may well be carrying information as well as functions critical to the regeneration of life upon our planet.
R. Buckminster Fuller

50.) How did the dolphins and whales get such big brains? They obviously don’t need such big brains to catch fish.
Owsley Stanley

51.) Ducks are sweet, crows are intelligent; but I prefer dolphins because they are both sweet and intelligent.
Mehmet Murat Ildan

52.) I invite you to entertain some new beliefs about dolphins … [that] these Cetacea with huge brains are more intelligent than any man or woman.
John C. Lilly

53.) Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much … the wheel, New York, wars, and so on … while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man … for precisely the same reason.
Douglas Adams

Dolphins are smart

54.) There’s no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more.
Albert Einstein

55.) When I see a dolphin, I know it’s just as smart as I am.
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)

56.) The dolphins and whales have a brain that is actually bigger in proportion to their size than we do. They are very complex. They are thinkers.
Owsley Stanley

Dolphins and nature sayings

57.) The swans have returned and so have the dolphins to the Canals of Venice. Nature creates the most beautiful art!
Avijeet Das

Ocean

58.) If dolphins swim toward Hilo, the sea will be calm; if the dolphins swim toward Ka’u, the ocean will be rough.
Tahitian proverb

59.) In 100 years I want whales, dolphins and sharks to still be around, and the ocean to be a healthier place.
Greg MacGillivray

60.) My dream is to have a house on the beach, even just a little shack somewhere so I can wake up, have coffee, look at dolphins, be quiet and breathe the air.
Christina Applegate

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Conservation quotes

61.) I’ve known for a long time about dolphins getting caught in nets and drowning there. But knowing is not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. I feel heavy, sad and responsible.
Helen Dunmore

62.) No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

63.) Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine and knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping and chirping, and whales, which mew and caw in ultramarine jazz — a true rhapsody in blue — are hunted to the edge of silence.
Jay Griffiths

64.) There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary confinement.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

65.) The dolphins need your help today so they can continue to swim and play.
Unknown

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Dolphin captions for Instagram

Use these fun dolphin captions to add to your social media posts:

  • Swim with dolphins.
  • Keep calm and love dolphins.
  • Dolphins are my spirit animal.
  • Take me to the oceans.
  • I love swimming.
  • Dolphins are magical.
  • Embrace the waves.
  • Dolphin power.
  • This girl loves dolphins.
  • I’m not just smart. I’m dolphin smart.
  • Dolphins say squeak.
  • Trust me, I’m a dolphin.
  • Dolphin is my Valentine.
  • Life is flippin’ relentless.
  • You did that on porpoise.
  • The dolphins make me cry.
  • Easily distracted by dolphins.
  • Dolphins make me happy.
  • Save our seas.
  • I love dolphins.

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