94 Snake Quotes to Make Your Fears Disappear

Even if you hate snakes, you can learn something about life from these snake quotes. 

Snakes tend to be one of those things that many people fear.

Whether it’s that they’re afraid of being bit, don’t like how scaley they are, or hate how they hide so easily, they’re something many are afraid of. 

But there are many lessons that we can learn from snakes.

So, the following snake quotes not only educate you a little bit about snakes, but they also teach you life lessons.

From learning to forgive to keeping focused, snakes can teach us a lot of lessons. 

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Snake quotes to inspire and teach

1. “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.” – Chanakya

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2. “When you’ve been around a snake long enough, you learn how to crawl in the dirt.” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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3. “Every great story seems to begin with a snake.” – Nicolas Cage

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4. “As the snake is separate from its slough, even so is the Spirit separate from the body.” – Ramakrishna

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5. “When a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere.” – Stacy Schiff

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6. “The snake will always bite back.”- Jake Roberts

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7. “Snakes, after all, have a great sense of decorum and order.” ― Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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8. “Snake’s poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means death.” – Rumi

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9. “When you see a snake, never mind where he came from.” ― William Gurney Benham

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10. “No, snakes are no problem. I’d go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem.” – Steve Irwin

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Insightful Snake Quotes

11. “Snakes hide in grass, people behind their lies.” – Nopain

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12. “A snake knows more about what is happening around than any other creature, because it has no ears to listen to gossip only direct perception.”-Jaggi Vasudev

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13. “I hate and fear snakes, because if you look into the eyes of any snake you will see that it knows all and more of the mystery of man’s fall, and that it feels all the contempt that the Devil felt when Adam was evicted from Eden. Besides which its bite is generally fatal, and it twists up trouser legs.”- Rudyard Kipling

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14. “Remember, it is not the snake bite that kills, but the venom which circulates afterwards that is fatal. Do not let the snake bite of another person release any venom inside of you. You can control its entry and you are responsible for every thought in your mind.” – Robin Sharma

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15. “Like the snake sheds its skin living for a while in another one, man strips himself from opinions gathered up until a certain age, developing others.” – Mariana Fulger

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16. “I am like a snake who has already bitten. I retreat from a direct battle while knowing the slow effect of the poison.” – Anais Nin

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17. “Any man who is attached to things of this world is one who lives in ignorance and is being consumed by the snakes of his own passions.” – Black Elk

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18. “Not all the snakes are poisonous and not all the poisons are deadly! Keep this in mind “when bitten.”- Mehmet Murat Ildan

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More Snake Quotes and Sayings

19. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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20. “Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there’s the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing.” – Nicolas Cage  

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21. “A snake will always be a snake, even if you put a chain around its neck and try to make it walk upright.” – Lisa Alther

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22. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.” – Gautama Buddha

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23. “People get bitten. But I won’t.’ I found myself saying, ‘You will, you will. These snakes don’t know you find death inconceivable. They don’t know you’re young and strong and you think death applies to everyone but you. They will bite you and you will die.” – Don DeLillo

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24. “The snake produces poison in its body to poison its enemies! But man is a strange snake; he produces poison in his mind to poison his fellow men!”-Mehmet Murat ldan

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25. “It’s good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren’t actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana

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26. “The older a wizard grows, the more silent he becomes, like a woody vine growing over time to choke a garden path, deep and full of moss and snakes, running everywhere, impenetrable.” ― F.T. McKinstry

27. “I’d rather meander through a pit of vipers than love one more person, but since I’m on the subject of snakes, we all know one, or are one.” ― Donna Lynn Hope

28. “Round and round they went with their snakes, snakily…” ― Aldous Huxley

29. “What is with these guys? Where’s the thrill in watching snakes eat?I certainly didn’t thrill in watching humans eat.” – Patrick Jennings

30. “Snakes don’t hiss anymore these days they’re calling you babe, bro, sister & BFF.” ― Rasarab

31. “Dragons and snakes aren’t so different.” ― A.D. Aliwat

32. “Racists are snakes. Their minds are closed but their mouths are wide open, full of venom, ready to sting and destroy people around them.” ― Mouloud Benzadi

33. “Tell people how it is, be real and be honest. If you see something wrong make sure you speak up. Being this way will naturally eliminate the snakes and fakes.” ― John Maiorana

34. “Snakes in the ancient world, because of their skin-shedding ability, often symbolized immortality or eternal youth.” ― Alice K. Turner

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35. “Like a snake sheds its skin, we are capable of getting rid of assembled habits, creating space to call matters into question.” ― Erik Pevernagie

36. “The snake stood up for evil in the Garden.” ― Robert Frost

37. “Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake.” ― Suzy Kassem

38. “If there is a snake in the grass, you have to set the field on fire to draw it out.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

39. “To the unspoiled, even a snake bite is a loving kiss. But to the spoiled even a loving kiss is a snake bite.” ― Mikhail Naimy

40. “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” ― W. C. Fields

41. “Well, yeah, you listen to a talking snake and there’s gonna be trouble.” ― Mike Mignola

42. “The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be.” – James Cameron

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43. “I want to give up my bearings, slip out of who I am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin.” ― Khaled Hosseini

44. “Even snakes are afraid of snakes.” ― Steven Wright

Thought Provoking Snake Quotes

45. “Make sure you cut the grass low so the snakes show.” — Banky W.

46. “A relationship is like being in a forest, where snakes lurk awaiting the chance to entice.” ― Anthony Liccione

47. “He was a poison snake, and I was another, and on such terms we pleased ourselves.” ― Madeline Miller

48. “A snake was never called by its name at night, because it would hear. It was called a string.” ― Chinua Achebe

49. I think the most alarming animals I have encountered are really poisonous snakes.” — David Attenborough

50. “The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole.” — Abraham Verghese

51. “When most people get drunk, they see snakes. But, when snakes get drunk, they see Jake Roberts!” — Jerry Lawler

52. “We must enlist our own snake and strike like a cobra against their vitals with an attack on Washington.” — Robert E. Lee

53. I never seen snakes on a plane” — Kanye West

54. “When they launch snakes you’ll have your namesake.” — Philippa Gregory

Snake Quotes and Proverbs

55. “Once bitten by a snake, he is scared all his life at the mere sight of a rope.”

56. “When the snake is in the house, one need not discuss the matter at length.”

57. “A man does not run among thorns for no reason; either he is chasing a snake or a snake is chasing him.”

58. “A snake deserves no pity.”

59. “A person whose heart is not content is like a snake which tries to swallow an elephant.”

60. “Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake.”

61. “If you want to kill a snake, chop off its head.”

62. “Look before you leap, For snakes among sweet flowers do creep.”

63. “If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.”

64. “When you chop off a snake’s head all you are left with is a piece of rope.”

Snake Quotes To Keep Your Distance

65. “If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snakes.” ― Ramakrishna

66. “A lot of snake bites occur purely out of reaction. If someone picks up a rock or piece of wood a snake is laying under, the snake could strike out of defense.” ― Fred Rainwater

67. “The snake that bites its own tail shall end up consuming itself from within.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

68. “There is no way to catch a snake that is as safe as not catching him.” ― Jacob Braude

69. “The snakes are always against the prohibition of the poisons; and the arms traders, of the arms!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

70. “When the snake decided to go straight, he didn’t get anywhere.” ― William Stafford

71. “There is a pair of snakes who have learned to drive a car so recklessly that they would run you over in the street and never stop to apologize.” ― Lemony Snicket

72. “Snake looks scary for us and we look scary for the snake! Always try to see yourself from the eyes of others!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

73. “You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing.” ― Bob Dylan

74. “Snake, you must not come where we abide, for you would tempt us; we should hear you say.” ― Padraic Colum

Snake Quotes on the Mystery and Power of Snakes

75. “To be aroused in the dark by five feet of cold, green snake gliding over one’s face is unpleasant.” ― David Livingstone

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76. “A person who looks different all the time frightens me. Only one animal changes its skin: the snake.” ― Franz Grillparzer

77. “I’m one of those people who snake through the crowd, keep my head low. I’m not looking for attention.” ― Julian Lennon

78. “People project a grey energy that is very destructive to weaken you, to drain you – just as the snake uses position to capture its victim.” ― Frederick Lenz

79. “Everybody has to play a side because if you play both sides you a snake if you not a peacemaker.” ― Cormega

80. “Every king sleeps, but not every king wakes up as king! The snakes of the intrigue crawl around during the night! The cleverest king is the least sleeping king!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan

81. “I suffer snakes to be killed in the ashram when it is impossible to catch them and put them out of harm’s way.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

82. “I did not design this game; I did not name the stakes. I just happen to like apples; and I am not afraid of snakes.” ― Ani DiFranco

83. “When I was 16… I worked in a pet store. And they fired me because… they had three snakes in there, and one day I braided them.” ― Steven Wright

84. “I have had a lifelong phobia of snakes.” ― Jessica Savitch

85. You never die from a snake bite, you can’t be unbitten it’s in the way, what continues to pour through you long after the bite has taken place.” — Bob Proctor

86. “Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.” — Jean Anouilh

87. “Some of them wanted to sell me snake oil and I’m not necessarily going to dismiss all of these, as I have never found a rusty snake.” — Terry Pratchett

88. “If I’m out in the country or something, I’m still spooked by snakes.” — Robert Englund

89. “Yeah, snakes. They’re my fear factor.” — Robert Englund

90. “Hot weather brings out snakes and slaveholders, and I like one class of the venomous creatures as little as I do the other.” — Harriet Ann Jacobs

91. “An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes, or the parting of waters!” — Jerome Lawrence

92. “I tiger can smile A snake will say it loves you Lies make us evil.” — Chuck Palahniuk

93. “I’m fascinated by the whole concept of snake handling. When you read about the Pentecostal snake handlers, what strikes you the most is their commitment.” — Lucinda Williams

94. “In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order.” — Florence King

What did you learn from these snake quotes?

It’s OK if snakes still aren’t your favorite.

And, you’re able to appreciate some things about them while still wanting to keep your distance from them.

But, don’t let your fear of snakes stop you from noticing all the things about them that you can learn from. 

And the more you know about snakes themselves, the more you’re able to avoid being hurt by one.

That goes for both actual snakes and people that you might want to describe as a snake.

So, read through the quotes again so you can be prepared for the next time you come up against one. 

What’s your biggest takeaway from these snake quotes and sayings?

Do you have any other favorite quotes to add?

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