Monkeys

Famous quotes containing the word monkeys:

    When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter.
    Chinese proverb.

    The monkeys winked too much and were afraid of snakes. The zebras,
    supreme in their abnormality; the elephants with their fog-colored skin
    and strictly practical appendages
    Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

    The way in which men cling to old institutions after the life has departed out of them, and out of themselves, reminds me of those monkeys which cling by their tails—aye, whose tails contract about the limbs, even the dead limbs, of the forest, and they hang suspended beyond the hunter’s reach long after they are dead. It is of no use to argue with such men. They have not an apprehensive intellect, but merely, as it were a prehensile tail.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)