Wolf Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs

These wolf quotes describe the ferocious canine predator’s most inspiring traits and attributes.

Here you can find a large number of useful quotes — often very motivational and thought-provoking.

1. Be like a wolf quotes

Wolves have long been associated with both mythology and reality. They are held to be cunning, treacherous and bloodthirsty, while others say they are noble, honorable and brave. What traits do you share with the wolf?

If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
Nikita Khrushchev

In the calm, deep waters of the mind, the wolf waits.
F.T. McKinstry

The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Wolves, and stars, and snow: Those things made sense.
Katherine Rundell

Wolves don’t perform in a circus, and people with a mind of their own, don’t perform in a circus either.
Avijeet Das

To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows, the dark ray of life, survival and instinct.
O. R. Melling

The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they’d lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.
Jodi Picoult

Wolves fail to hide their integrity just like the way men fail to hide their own animality.
Munia Khan

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Wolf’s howl quotes

When one runs with the wolves, one must howl with the pack.
Leon Trotsky

That night the wind was howling almost like a wolf and there were some real wolves off to the west giving it lessons.
George R.R. Martin

Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.
Angela Carter

A howl is as infectious to a wolf as a yawn is to a human.
Kevin Ansbro

We are never alone
We are all wolves
Howling to the same moon.
Atticus

The black wolf’s curse awakes every time that a full moon points in the middle of the sky.
Pet Torres

Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.
Angela Carter

The wolf howled under the leaves And spit out the prettiest feathers Of his meal of fowl: Like him I consume myself.
Arthur Rimbaud

2. Inspirational wolf quotes

Be like a lion and a wolf, then you have a big heart and the power of leadership.
Unknown

It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.
Virgil

Fierce as the prowling wolves at close of day, and swift as eagles in pursuit of prey.
Thomas Parnell

They say the wolf bestows its happy spirit to help people. Women who obtain this spirit become skilled in creative endeavors and experience a strengthening of the senses.
Judi Rideout

About courage

Sometimes a wolf has to stand alone to find out what he’s made of.
Dannika Dark

It is much better to walk alone, in the right direction, than to follow the herd, walking in the wrong direction.
Unknown

She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.
R.M. Drake

About strength

A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.
George R.R. Martin

This is why the caribou and the wolf are one; for the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.
Farley Mowat

The wolf’s clear, intelligent eyes brushed mine. The wolf is gentle-hearted. Not noble, not cowardly, just non-fighting.
Lois Crisler

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3. Apex predator quotes

A wolf eats sheep but now and then; Ten thousand are devour’d by men. An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretend friend is worse.
John Gay

Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war.
Roshani Chokshi

Wolves go after a wounded deer, it is the nature of the beast.
Barbara Delinsky

Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses.
Robert Jordan

The wolves’ prey upon the lambs in the darkness of the night, but the blood stains remain upon the stones in the valley until the dawn comes, and the sun reveals the crime to all.
Khalil Gibran

No wolf falters before biting, nor does the falcon hesitate before launching. Consequently, they hit the mark.
Shannon Hale

About danger

It is madness for a sheep to talk of peace with a wolf.
French proverb

The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for wolf.
Earl Derr Biggers

The wolf will never lose sleep, worrying about the feelings of sheep. But no-one ever told the sheep, that they outnumber the wolves.
Bray Wyatt

The wolves in the woods have sharp teeth and long claws, but it’s the wolf inside who will tear you apart.
Jennifer Donnelly

Wolves and people were not natural enemies. The humans’ relationship with other animals established their rivalry with wolves.
Jon T. Coleman

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Some people aren’t who they say they are, be cautious of the company you keep, wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Unknown

A wolf is no less a wolf because he’s dressed in sheepskin and the devil is no less the devil because he’s dressed as an angel.
Lecrae

Make yourself a sheep and the wolf will eat you.
German proverb

4. Wolf quotes about life

Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
Saul Bellow

Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
George Chapman

The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.
Carl Van Doren

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I think we all have to fight the werewolf within us somehow.
William Kempe

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
Tennessee Williams

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.
William Congreve

We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves.
Gerald Hausman

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.
Criss Jami

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Wolf pack, family sayings

I realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack.
Jodi Picoult

The wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone.
Christian Lous Lange

The Canis Lupus, both wolf and man, were meant to be a family with one another. We gain strength through our bond with each other.
Quinn Loftis

About love

Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
Lord Byron

Some girls are full of heartache and poetry and those are the kind of girls who try to save wolves instead of running away from them.
Nikita Gill

As wolves love lambs so lovers love their loves.
Plato

We both fell asleep wrapped up together with the wolves still lullaby-ing us in the background.
April Genevieve Tucholke

5. Short wolf quotes

Crying wolf is a real danger.
David Attenborough

Where there are sheep, the wolves are never very far away.
Plautus

Wolves with wolves are never savage.
James Clerk Maxwell

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.
Desiderius Erasmus

Wolves are the witches of the animal world.
Katherine Rundell

The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul.
Barry Lopez

If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear.
Lithuanian proverb

The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream.
Elihu Root

Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.
Titus Maccius Plautus

6. Funny wolf quotes

When a wolf doesn’t want to do something, they look really cute.
Michelle Paver

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
Lana Turner

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
George Carlin

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
William Ralph Inge

A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.
Ruth Brown

The lion may be more powerful but the wolf does not perform in the circus.
Unknown

There’s always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.
David Herbert Lawrence

Pacifists are like sheep who believe that wolves are vegetarians.
Yves Montand

I am not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I’m a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”
Ricky Gervais

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7. Famous wolf quotes

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.
Seneca

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Benjamin Franklin

The Lord God had created all animals, and had chosen out the wolf to be his dog.
Jacob Grimm

The wolf is the arch type of ravin, the beast of waste and desolation.
Theodore Roosevelt

Which is worse, the wolf who cries before eating the lamb or the wolf who does not?
Leo Tolstoy

I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
Elizabeth I

Aesop wolf quotes

Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Aesop

Once a wolf, always a wolf.
Aesop

“The boy who cried wolf”

A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: “Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
Aesop, The Shepherd’s Boy and The Wolf

Game of Thrones wolf quotes

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.
George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones

Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.
Arya Stark, Game of Thrones

I am a wolf and will not be afraid.
Arya Stark, Game of Thrones

Little Red Riding Hood

“What a deep voice you have,” said the little girl in surprise.
“The better to greet you with,” said the wolf.
“Goodness, what big eyes you have.”
“The better to see you with.”
“And what big hands you have!” exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, stepping over to the bed.
“The better to hug you with,” said the wolf.
“What a big mouth you have,” the little girl murmured in a weak voice.
“The better to eat you with!” growled the wolf, and jumping out of bed, he swallowed her up too. Then, with a fat full tummy, he fell fast asleep.
Little Red Riding Hood

8. Wolf quotes from authors and books

The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
Jack London, White Fang

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Literature was not born the day when a boy crying “wolf, wolf” came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying “wolf, wolf” and there was no wolf behind him.
Vladimir Nabokov

Wolf – ’tis what he is. He’s not blackhearted like some men. ‘Tis no heart he has at all. Wolf. just Wolf, tis what he is. D’ye wonder he’s well named?
Jack London, The Sea-Wolf

“Nonsense!” growled the Wolf. “I tell you that it is all the fault of the Government, and if you don’t believe me I shall eat you.” The Wolf had a thoroughly practical mind, and was never at a loss for a good argument.
Oscar Wilde

9. Wolf proverbs

Hunger leads the wolf to the village.
German proverb

No sheep runs into the mouth of a sleeping wolf.
Dutch proverb

The wolf loves the fog.
Albanian proverb

A man without money is like a wolf without teeth.
French proverb

Make a friend of the wolf, but keep your axe ready.
Russian proverb

A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog.
Ukrainian proverb

Report makes the wolf bigger than he is.
German proverb

While keeping a tiger from the front door, the wolf comes in at the back.
Chinese proverb

People always make the wolf more formidable than he is.
French proverb

More wise proverbs

If the wolf would cease his running, the people would cease their shouting.
German proverb

Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood.
German proverb

The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.
Traditional proverb

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack.
Bulgarian proverb

Whoever feeds the wolf in the winter will be eaten by him in the spring.
Greek proverb

When shepherds quarrel, the wolf has a winning game.
German proverb

Outside a sheep, inside a wolf.
Greek proverb

If you cut down the trees you will find the wolf.
American proverb


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