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40 Bear Quotes that Honor the Animal

These bear quotes show off the strength and grace that bears possess.

What do you know about bears?

Human beings have been in awe of bears since the dawn of history. Many traditions of northern Eurasia and North America have worshiped bears for centuries.

There is even archaeological evidence that Paleolithic tribes honored the animal as well since ancient bear bones have been found buried in a specific way that could have been done in a ceremony performed by neanderthals.

It’s no wonder that humans are fascinated with bears. These animals possess qualities that most of us find honorable. Bears are a symbol of strength and grace, but they also symbolize family, courage, protection, health, and vitality.

In this list of bear quotes, you will see why they have remained such a revered animal throughout time.

Don’t forget to also check out these animal quotes celebrating their role in our lives.

Bear quotes that honor the animal

1. “The best way of being kind to bears is not to be very close to them.” — Margaret Atwood

2. “The grizzly is a symbol of what is right with the world.” — Charles Jonkel

3. “The grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding” — Frank Craighead

4. “Most animals show themselves sparingly. The grizzly bear is six to eight hundred pounds of smugness. It has no need to hide. If it were a person, it would laugh loudly in quiet restaurants, boastfully wear the wrong clothes for special occasions, and probably play hockey.” — Craig Childs

5. “Bears are not companions of men, but children of God.” — Charles Muir

6. “He tried to act like a bear, and for us on the island, you don’t do that. You don’t invade on their territory… For him to act like a bear the way he did, to me it was the ultimate of disrespecting the bear and what the bear represents.” — Werner Herzog

7. “I think he just loved being with the bears because they didn’t make him feel bad. I get it too. When he was with the bears, they didn’t care that he was kind of weird, or that he’d gotten into trouble for drinking too much and using drugs(which apparently he did a lot of). They didn’t ask him a bunch of stupid questions about how he felt, or why he did what he did. They just let him be who he was.” ― Michael Thomas Ford

8. “Bears not only make the habitat rich, but they also enrich us just by being.” — Linda Jo Hunter

9. “People probably have revered bears for as long as we have interacted with them. And while bear worship is not a part of most modern religions, it is natural for us – even those of us who have never seen a bear – to be awed by such magnificent and formidable creatures.” — Charles Fergus

Bear quotes about bears and mother nature

10. “When you are where wild bears live you learn to pay attention to the rhythm of the land and yourself.” — Linda Jo Hunter

11. “Bears keep me humble. They help me to keep the world in perspective and to understand where I fit on the spectrum of life. We need to preserve the wilderness and its monarchs for ourselves, and for the dreams of children. We should fight for these things as if our life depended upon it, because it does.” — Wayne Lynch

12. “Those who have packed far up into grizzly country know that the presence of even one grizzly on the land elevates the mountains, deepens the canyons, chills the winds, brightens the stars, darkens the forest, and quickens the pulse of all who enter it. They know that when a bear dies, something sacred in every living thing interconnected with that realm… also dies.” — John Murray

13. “The mountains have always been here, and in them, the bears.” — Rick Bass

14. “As the animal that, perhaps more than any other, embodied the pagan concept of a kinship between man and nature, the bear play.” — Bernd Brunner

15. “Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” — James Rollins

Bear quotes about bears from myths and legends

16. “The many surviving stories about bears reveal the variety of roles that they have played in the human imagination, from enemies of mankind to their protective spirits.” — Bernd Brunner

17. “The idea that people were related to bears played an important role not only in North America, but in Europe and Asia as well.” — Bernd Brunner

18. “In some tales, humans became bears as a result of unfortunate tree—climbing episodes.” — Bernd Brunner

19. “The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Bear quotes about bears

20. “The bear, he says, is many animals in one. Like a lion, he downs mammals much bigger than he; like any ruminant, he pillages crops; he steals grapes and fruit like a monkey; nibbles on berries like a blackbird; plunders anthills and beehives like a woodpecker; digs up tubers and larvae like a pig; and catches fish with the dexterity of an otter. And he eats honey like a man.” ― Paolo Rumiz

21. “Bears rose to the top of the food chain solely so they could dedicate half their lives to sleep. It’s the world’s most intimidating power nap.” ― James Breakwel

22. “All of the authoritative books on bears seem to agree on one thing: if you’re close enough to a bear to cause it to change its activity pattern, you’re too close, and in possible danger.” ― Dennis R. Blanchard

23. “Oh well, bears will be bears.” ― Michael Bond

24. “Aggression in bears can be and often is a stepping stone to friendship. Friendship and alliances frequently develop by repeated interactions, with initial aggression that lessens over time.” ― Benjamin Kilham

25. “While bears don’t live in established groups or obey rigid hierarchies as chimps and wolves do, they have amazingly complex social relationships.” ― Benjamin Kilham

26. “Bears look like they might be slow because they have short legs and large feet. However, some kinds can move very quickly!” — Therese M. Shea

27. “Bears are masters of survival.” — Catherine Lukas

28. “It is estimated that bears kill over two million salmon a year. Attacks by salmon on bears are much more rare.” — Peter Gaulke

29. “Bears have been known to attack man, although the fact is that fewer people have been killed by bears than in all of World World I and World War II combined.” — Peter Gaulke

30. “The problem is that bears are pretty smart and humans aren’t: we’ll move into a remote area and leave a bag of dog food on our front porch and then panic when we see a grizzly bear helping himself to a meal.” ― Bruce W. Cameron

31. “Bears, it turns out, are a lot like humans. They form alliances with strangers, they make calculations about relative costs and benefits, they lay down rules and punish those who break them. They trade based on a clear system of reciprocity. They communicate using equal parts emotion, intention, and dependence on context—a combination that is essential for communication between strangers and in fact forms the basis for language.” ― Benjamin Kilham

32. “Bears are sort like people. They sit and stand, like people do. They use their paws like hands. Bears eat vegetables, meats and sweets.” — Diana Star Helmer

33. “Bears project a mighty physical presence and a capacity for action. They are smart, something that often becomes apparent the moment you come face-to-face with one.” — Charles Fergus

34. “Bears with their great size and strength, remind us of how weak and ineffectual we are as organisms: a bear, even a small one, could abolish a human fairly easily.” — Charles Fergus

35. “Bears remind us of ourselves. They walk on the flats of their feet, as people do.” — Charles Fergus

More bear quotes

36. “Clever bears think of everything.” — Randal Case

37. “He admired bears because everyone was afraid to disturb them while they slept and fish were so in love with bears that they jumper right into their mouths.” ― Robb Todd

38. “When all the dangerous cliffs are fenced off, all the trees that might fall on people are cut down, all of the insects that bite have been poisoned and all of the grizzlies are dead because they are occasionally dangerous, the wilderness will not be made safe. Rather, the safety will have destroyed the wilderness.” — R. Yorke Edwards

39. “If we can learn to live with bears, especially the grizzly, and if we can learn to accommodate the needs of bears in their natural environment, then maybe we can also find ways to use the finite resources of our continent and still maintain some of the diversity and natural beauty that were here when Columbus arrived.” — Stephen Herrero

40. “If you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too. Yup, I wanna be a bear.” — Unknown

What does the bear represent to you?

In many cultures throughout the world, the bear has been a symbol that brought hope to people in different ways.

Whether the bear was a metaphor for strength, courage, or family, this symbol helped people recognize what was important in life.

Like much of mother nature, the bear is a force to be reckoned with. They are big, strong, ferocious and incredibly protective of the ones they love.

Though it is dangerous to come across a bear in the wild, humans can admire these incredible animals respectfully from afar.

Did you enjoy these bear quotes and sayings? Tell us your favorite bear quote in the comments below.

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