Hippopotamus Quotes


  • I shoot the Hippopotamus
    With bullets made of platinum,
    Because if I use leaden ones
    His hide is sure to flatten ’em.
    o Hilaire Belloc, “The Hippopotamus”
    o Parody: American women shoot the hippopotamus with eyebrows made of platinum.
    + E. M. Forster, Abinger Harvest (1936), ‘Mickey and Minnie’

  • The broad-backed hippopotamus
    Rests on his belly in the mud;
    Although he seems so firm to us
    He is merely flesh and blood.
    o T. S. Eliot, “The Hippopotamus”

  • He thought he saw a Banker’s Clerk
    Descending from the bus:
    He looked again, and found it was
    A Hippopotamus:
    ‘If this should stay to dine,’ he said,
    ‘There won’t be much for us!’
    o Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno, Chapter 7: The Baron’s Embassy

  • A man looking at a hippopotamus may sometimes be tempted to regard a hippopotamus as an enormous mistake
    o G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens ch. 10

  • There is something about a blurb-writer paying his respects to a funny book which puts one in mind of a short-sighted lord mayor raising his hat to a hippopotamus.
    o Michael Frayn, Introduction, The Best of Beachcomber


  • Woman at zoo: Is that a male or a female hippopotamus?
    Keeper: Madam, I don’t see how that could interest anybody except another hippopotamus.
    o Attr. to Harold W. Ross

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