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44 Ant Quotes About The Diligent Insects

Wherever you go, you're likely to spot ants diligently going about their business. These tiny insects are pillars of nature and symbolize hard work and unity in many cultures and literature. So, march into our collection of ant quotes from timeless proverbs to philosophers. Discover wise words and see what lessons you can apply to your own life.

Ant Quotes About The Insects Surviving The Wild

From predators to prey, decomposers to builders, ants form the backbone of many ecosystems. With over 22,000 ant species, these industrious insects thrive from tropical rainforests to arid deserts, showcasing remarkable resilience. The following sections discuss various adaptations that made them formidable and vital creatures.

For now, let's explore a few quotes that reflect their significance in the wild. For an in-depth read about these insects, head to our article on ant facts and types of ants.

"Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into wars, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves… They do everything but watch television." -Lewis Thomas #trvst #quotes #bethechange #ecoconscious #ant #human

"Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into wars, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves… They do everything but watch television."
- Lewis Thomas

"If all humans disappeared today ,the earth would start improving tomorrow.If all the ants disappeared today ,the earth would start dying tomorrow." -David Suzuki #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #socialchange #ant #earth

"If all humans disappeared today ,the earth would start improving tomorrow.If all the ants disappeared today ,the earth would start dying tomorrow."
- David Suzuki

"Do not kill ants. They are your best friends." -Joe Brainard #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #dogood #ant #friends

"Do not kill ants. They are your best friends."
- Joe Brainard

"I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath." -David Lynch #trvst #quotes #gogreen #impact #ant #world

"I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath."
- David Lynch

"The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine." -Bill Vaughan #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #ant

"The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine."
- Bill Vaughan

"Not all ants use violence to dominate their world; some use more subtle methods." -E. O. Wilson #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #ecoconscious #ant #world

"Not all ants use violence to dominate their world; some use more subtle methods."
- E. O. Wilson

"If army ants are wandering around and they get lost, they start to follow a simple rule:Just do what the ant in front of you does. The ants eventually end up in a circle. There’s this famous example of one that was 1,200 feet long and lasted for two days; the ants just kept marching around and around in a circle until they died." -James Surowiecki #trvst #quotes #bethechange #bethechange #ant #simple

"If army ants are wandering around and they get lost, they start to follow a simple rule:Just do what the ant in front of you does. The ants eventually end up in a circle. There’s this famous example of one that was 1,200 feet long and lasted for two days; the ants just kept marching around and around in a circle until they died."
- James Surowiecki

"Ants and savages put strangers to death." -Bertrand Russell #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #ant

"Ants and savages put strangers to death."
- Bertrand Russell

"A whale out of water is overrun by ants." -Lao Tzu #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialimpact #ant #water

"A whale out of water is overrun by ants."
- Lao Tzu

Quotes About An Ant Hill Full Of Hard Workers

An anthill teems with thousands of industrious ants. In total, recent studies estimated there are 20 quadrillion of them worldwide. That is 2.5 million ants per person1

Each of them tirelessly contributes to their colony's survival. Even in summer's heat, they forage and build, exemplifying hard work. This mirrors Aesop's fable of the hardworking ant and the idle grasshopper, outlining the value of consistent effort. 

Let's read the quotes below that represent the unwavering work ethic present in all ant colonies.

"Ants are more like the parts of an animal than entities on their own. They are mobile cells, circulating through a dense connective tissue of other ants in a matrix of twigs. The circuits are so intimately interwoven that the anthill meets all the essential criteria of an organism." -Lewis Thomas #trvst #quotes #impact #thinkgreen #ant #animal

"Ants are more like the parts of an animal than entities on their own. They are mobile cells, circulating through a dense connective tissue of other ants in a matrix of twigs. The circuits are so intimately interwoven that the anthill meets all the essential criteria of an organism."
- Lewis Thomas

"Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill; every bee knows the formula of its beehive. They know it in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula." -Fyodor Dostoevsky #trvst #quotes #beinspired #changetheworld #ant

"Every ant knows the formula of its ant-hill; every bee knows the formula of its beehive. They know it in their own way, not in our way. Only humankind does not know its own formula."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Ants are not only efficient, they are hard-working and thrifty, qualities which have always seemed like good reasons for seeing them as virtuous role models." -William Morton Wheeler #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #ecoconscious #ant

"Ants are not only efficient, they are hard-working and thrifty, qualities which have always seemed like good reasons for seeing them as virtuous role models."
- William Morton Wheeler

"The iron rule of nature is: you get what you reward for. If you want ants to come, you put sugar on the floor." -Charlie Munger #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #ant #nature

"The iron rule of nature is: you get what you reward for. If you want ants to come, you put sugar on the floor."
- Charlie Munger

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox." -Lao Tzu #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #ant

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox."
- Lao Tzu

More Role Model Ant Quotes

Each ant in a colony plays a role, from foragers to guards, all working in unison. They communicate effectively as a colony using pheromones, touch, and sound, allowing them to execute complex tasks seamlessly. This unity reflects the strength found in teamwork. 

There are other lessons we can learn from them. Let's explore more of them in the quotes below.

"I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive, and do all you can." -Jim Rohn #trvst #quotes #bethechange #collectiveaction #ant

"I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive, and do all you can."
- Jim Rohn

"Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise." -Bible (Proverbs 6:6) #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #gogreen #ant

"Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise."
- Bible (Proverbs 6:6)

"If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size." -Matshona Dhliwayo #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #gogreen #ant

"If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size."
- Matshona Dhliwayo

"Turn on the prudent Ant, thy heedful eyes, Observe her labours, Sluggard, and be wise." -Samuel Johnson #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #socialchange #ant

"Turn on the prudent Ant, thy heedful eyes, Observe her labours, Sluggard, and be wise."
- Samuel Johnson

"Ants are good citizens; they place group interest first. But they carry it so far, they have few or no political rights. An ant doesn’t have the vote, apparently; he just has his duties." -Clarence Day #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #ecoconscious #ant

"Ants are good citizens; they place group interest first. But they carry it so far, they have few or no political rights. An ant doesn’t have the vote, apparently; he just has his duties."
- Clarence Day

"What is it about the ant way of life that has stood the test of time so well? All ants belong to extended families, and carry their prey home to share. Unselfishness is the rule. Everything they do is for their colony's good." -Bill Mason #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialimpact #ant #life

"What is it about the ant way of life that has stood the test of time so well? All ants belong to extended families, and carry their prey home to share. Unselfishness is the rule. Everything they do is for their colony's good."
- Bill Mason

Short Ant Proverb Full Of Lessons

Timeless proverbs around the globe draw wisdom from the humble ant's nature. These sayings often highlight the strength found in tiny packages. For instance, the Armenian proverb in the first quote below suggests that even the smallest creatures can tackle all kinds of challenges. 

Read more ant-inspired wisdom that teaches us courage, hope, perspective, and more.

"The tiny ant dares to enter the lion's ear." -Armenian Proverb #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #ant

"The tiny ant dares to enter the lion's ear."
- Armenian Proverb

"Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed." -Ugandan Proverb #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #ant

"Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed."
- Ugandan Proverb

"Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven." -Japanese Proverb #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #ant

"Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven."
- Japanese Proverb

"He who runs from the white ant may stumble upon the stinging ant." -Nigerian Proverb #trvst #quotes #dogood #thinkgreen #ant

"He who runs from the white ant may stumble upon the stinging ant."
- Nigerian Proverb

"At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish." -Thailand Proverb #trvst #quotes #dogood #ecoconscious #ant #fish

"At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish."
- Thailand Proverb

"Even the ant has his bite." -Turkish Proverb #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #impact #ant

"Even the ant has his bite."
- Turkish Proverb

"In an ant colony, dew is a flood." -Afghan Proverb #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #gogreen #ant

"In an ant colony, dew is a flood."
- Afghan Proverb

"Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing." -Sudanese Proverb #trvst #quotes #gogreen #changetheworld #ant

"Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing."
- Sudanese Proverb

"An ant hole may collapse an embankment." -Japanese Proverb #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #ant

"An ant hole may collapse an embankment."
- Japanese Proverb

Profound Ant Quotes To Reflect About Life

Ants can only reach up to 1.6 inches or be as tiny as the tip of a sharp pencil. Yet, they continue to thrive worldwide. As humans with far greater size and abilities, we're privileged to accomplish and possess even more. Let's apply the life lessons ants offer in the following quotes.

"Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God." -Guru Nanak #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #ant #wealth #love

"Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God."
- Guru Nanak

"God cuts out our path, makes a groove in the clay with His finger, and we poor blind ants slide down into it." -Maria McCann #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #changetheworld #ant

"God cuts out our path, makes a groove in the clay with His finger, and we poor blind ants slide down into it."
- Maria McCann

"If we were created in God's image, then when God was a child he smushed fire ants with his fingertips and avoided tough questions." -Buddy Wakefield #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #impact #ant

"If we were created in God's image, then when God was a child he smushed fire ants with his fingertips and avoided tough questions."
- Buddy Wakefield

"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" -Henry David Thoreau #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #collectiveaction #ant

"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"
- Henry David Thoreau

"Finally he was just another ant, working and working until he died without meaning." -Haruki Murakami #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #planetearthfirst #ant

"Finally he was just another ant, working and working until he died without meaning."
- Haruki Murakami

"One bee cannot build a hive; one ant cannot build a colony." -Matshona Dhliwayo #trvst #quotes #dogood #gogreen #ant

"One bee cannot build a hive; one ant cannot build a colony."
- Matshona Dhliwayo

Other Metaphorical Ant Quotes To Think About

Ants can become pests when they invade homes, seeking food or shelter. Simple preventive measures like cleanliness and sealing entry points help. Yet, as we learn the lessons discussed above, we should strive to be kinder and coexist peacefully. Here are more metaphorical quotes full of ant symbolism and wisdom.

"For example, the tiny ant, a creature of great industry, drags with its mouth whatever it can, and adds it to the heap which she is piling up, not unaware nor careless of the future." -Horace #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #ant #future

"For example, the tiny ant, a creature of great industry, drags with its mouth whatever it can, and adds it to the heap which she is piling up, not unaware nor careless of the future."
- Horace

"Forbear thou great good husband, little ant: A little respite from thy flood of sweat; Thou, thine own horse and cart under this plant Thy spacious tent, fan thy prodigious heat; Down with thy double load of that one grain; It is a granarie for all thy train." -Richard Lovelace #trvst #quotes #socialchange #dogood #ant #plant

"Forbear thou great good husband, little ant: A little respite from thy flood of sweat; Thou, thine own horse and cart under this plant Thy spacious tent, fan thy prodigious heat; Down with thy double load of that one grain; It is a granarie for all thy train."
- Richard Lovelace

"I do not see why we should not be as just to an ant as to a human being." -Charles Kingsley #trvst #quotes #impact #collectiveaction #ant #human

"I do not see why we should not be as just to an ant as to a human being."
- Charles Kingsley

"May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world." -Jonathan Carroll #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #collectiveaction #ant #world #ocean

"May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world."
- Jonathan Carroll

"The greatest enemies of ants are other ants, just as greatest enemies of men are other men." -Auguste Forel #trvst #quotes #bethechange #thinkgreen #ant

"The greatest enemies of ants are other ants, just as greatest enemies of men are other men."
- Auguste Forel

"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all." -E. O. Wilson #trvst #quotes #beinspired #thinkgreen #ant #tree #bird

"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all."
- E. O. Wilson

Funny Ant Quotes To Make You Smile

This quote collection not only imparts wisdom but can also bring a chuckle. Smile at the playful quotes below about the insects attending picnics or the absurdity of farming them with tiny tractors. These humorous takes invite us to laugh while also admiring the ants' presence in our lives. 

"If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?" -Marie Dressler #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #ant

"If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?"
- Marie Dressler

"I bought an ant farm. I don't know where I am going to get a tractor that small!" -Steven Wright #trvst #quotes #beinspired #changetheworld #ant

"I bought an ant farm. I don't know where I am going to get a tractor that small!"
- Steven Wright

"I would like to live a day in the life of an ant and hope not to get squashed." -Kiowa Gordon #trvst #quotes #takeaction #socialimpact #ant #life

"I would like to live a day in the life of an ant and hope not to get squashed."
- Kiowa Gordon

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Schultheiss, P., Nooten, S. S., Wang, R., Wong, M. E., Brassard, F., & Guénard, B. (2022). The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119(40).

By Isabela Sedano, BEng.

Isabela is a determined millennial passionate about continuously seeking out ways to make an impact. With a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with honors, Isabela’s research expertise and interest in artistic works, coupled with a creative mindset, offers readers a fresh take on different environmental, social, and personal development topics.

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