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27 Frog Quotes about the Diverse Amphibians

Frogs, with over 7,500 species, dominate salamanders, newts, and caecilians among the amphibian class at 88%. With an average size as big as a credit card, an army of frogs greatly benefits the ecosystem. The widely recognized green frog has also infiltrated our culture since ancient times, from feng shui to fairy tales.

Aside from living in rainforests, ponds, deserts, or sewers, they also exist in our idiomatic expressions and even a productivity method. Our collection of frog quotes below discusses all of these and many more.

But before continuing, let's answer this question first. What is the distinction between a frog and a toad? Toads are simply dry, brownish, and warty frogs. Therefore, all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads.

Best Frog Quotes About The Amphibian In The Wild

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With their diversity, there's no doubt frogs are fascinating creatures! Their strong legs help the various species of frogs jump to escape predators or find food. 

In fact, the South African Sharped-Nosed frog won the world record for leaping more than 90 times its own body length. In addition, frogs can perform cutaneous respiration or breathing through the skin when in an oxygen-poor environment. There are also translucent species that hide their blood in their livers and bright-colored ones that can kill 100,000 people with only a gram of toxin1.

Are you interested to learn more? Research more frog characteristics and adaptations related to the frog quotes below.

"A frog in the mud is happier than a man because he has no ambition to reach the stars!" -Mehmet Murat İldan #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #frog

"A frog in the mud is happier than a man because he has no ambition to reach the stars!"
- Mehmet Murat İldan

"There is no place in a city that can’t be better. There is no toad that can’t be a princess, no frog that can’t become a prince." -Jamie Lerner #trvst #quotes #dogood #takeaction #frog

"There is no place in a city that can’t be better. There is no toad that can’t be a princess, no frog that can’t become a prince."
- Jamie Lerner

"If we can discover the meaning in the trilling of a frog, perhaps we may understand why it is for us not merely noise but a song of poetry and emotion." -Adrian Forsyth #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialchange #frog #poetry

"If we can discover the meaning in the trilling of a frog, perhaps we may understand why it is for us not merely noise but a song of poetry and emotion."
- Adrian Forsyth

Metaphorical Frog Quotes To Think About

Like many animals, frogs became part of the English language through idioms and expressions. For example, we can use the phrase "to have a frog in one's throat" to describe someone's voice when it is raspy, as if they were trying to croak like a frog. 

As we all know, frogs croak and can make various sounds, from a booming sound to a piping squeak

Next, we also have the term "herding frogs" to describe something unmanageable, like guiding a large crowd. This phrase probably came from how hundreds of frogs live in one pond. Depending on the species, frogs can lay 2 to 30,000 eggs in a single clutch. 

To unlock more hidden meaning, read our frog quotes below.

"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it." -E.B. White #trvst #quotes #impact #collectiveaction #frog #people

"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it."
- E.B. White

"We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs." -Eric Berne #trvst #quotes #impact #collectiveaction #frog

"We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs."
- Eric Berne

"We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view." -Mao Zedong #trvst #quotes #bethechange #socialimpact #frog

"We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view."
- Mao Zedong

"A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean." -Zhuangzi #trvst #quotes #takeaction #dogood #frog #ocean

"A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean."
- Zhuangzi

"When they speak, dead frogs fall out of their mouths." -David Hare #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #takeaction #frog

"When they speak, dead frogs fall out of their mouths."
- David Hare

"A fast tongue is a sign of a slow brain." -Abu Fennek #trvst #quotes #takeaction #thinkgreen #frog

"A fast tongue is a sign of a slow brain."
- Abu Fennek

"The frog will jump back into the pool, although it sits on a golden stool." -Dutch Proverb #trvst #quotes #takeaction #changetheworld #frog

"The frog will jump back into the pool, although it sits on a golden stool."
- Dutch Proverb

"Don't be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit the ground." -Kim Young-Ha #trvst #quotes #beinspired #impact #frog #water #fish

"Don't be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit the ground."
- Kim Young-Ha

Noteworthy Frog Quotes From Authors

Do frogs repulse you? Their slimy appearance can be off-putting for some, but it keeps their skin moist, which helps them breathe better. In addition, the intimidating toads' warts hold the glands that produce the poison they use to defend themselves. 

In conclusion, we should disregard all fear-mongering superstitions and judgments about frogs. Instead, we can learn a bit more about what makes frogs unique. Check out how these authors depict the amphibian through the frog quotes below.

"He wondered what kind of life it would be, having to keep swimming all the time to stay exactly in the same place. Pretty similar to his own, he decided." -Terry Pratchett #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #frog #life

"He wondered what kind of life it would be, having to keep swimming all the time to stay exactly in the same place. Pretty similar to his own, he decided."
- Terry Pratchett

"I spent six hours becoming one with a shrubbery last night. There were three cloudbursts and a rain of small and very confused frogs." -Charles Stross #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #changetheworld #frog

"I spent six hours becoming one with a shrubbery last night. There were three cloudbursts and a rain of small and very confused frogs."
- Charles Stross

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble." -William Shakespeare #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #dogood #frog

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
- William Shakespeare

"There were some women in a café the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about “oh the baby's lovely.They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog." -Karl Pilkington #trvst #quotes #bethechange #socialchange #frog

"There were some women in a café the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about “oh the baby's lovely.They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog."
- Karl Pilkington

Motivational Frog Quotes About Productivity

The "Eat the Frog" productivity method is excellent for staying focused. It involves tackling the most significant and crucial task, the "frog," before proceeding to the smaller ones. Inspired by Mark Twain's quote, Brian Tracy developed this method and mentioned it in his book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating (here on Amazon).

After reading the frog quotes below, refer to our focus quotes and productivity quotes for more productivity tips.

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." -Mark Twain #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #frog

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."
- Mark Twain

"If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.' This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first." -Brian Tracy #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #planetearthfirst #frog

"If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.' This is another way of saying that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first."
- Brian Tracy

"If you have to swallow a frog, try not to think about it. If you have to swallow two frogs, don't swallow the smaller one first." -Irish Proverb #trvst #quotes #takeaction #changetheworld #frog

"If you have to swallow a frog, try not to think about it. If you have to swallow two frogs, don't swallow the smaller one first."
- Irish Proverb

Funny Frog Quotes To Brighten Your Day

Have you seen the frog life cycle in real life? It begins when a female lays a clutch of eggs in water, which will hatch into tiny tadpoles that feed on algae. As they grow, they develop front and back legs, eventually developing lungs and losing their tails. Thus, like butterflies, the frogs undergo metamorphosis, marking the transition from tadpole to froglet. Finally, the froglets become adult frogs and the cycle restarts.

Observing tadpoles growing can be as fun as the frog quotes below; connect with nature and visit a local pond after reading them to see if you can spot any. And for more from the other famous insects that metamorphosize, check out our butterfly quotes.

"I’m not a diva. I’m a tadpole trying to be a frog." -Toni Braxton #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #bethechange #frog

"I’m not a diva. I’m a tadpole trying to be a frog."
- Toni Braxton

"My parents used to call me ‘The Little Frog,' because whenever they asked how I knew something, I'd say ‘read it,' which sounds a bit like a frog croak." -Talulah Riley #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialchange #frog

"My parents used to call me ‘The Little Frog,' because whenever they asked how I knew something, I'd say ‘read it,' which sounds a bit like a frog croak."
- Talulah Riley

"If frogs had side pockets, they'd carry hand guns." -Dan Rather #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #gogreen #frog

"If frogs had side pockets, they'd carry hand guns."
- Dan Rather

"There were some women in a café the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about “oh the baby's lovely.” They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog." -Karl Pilkington #trvst #quotes #dogood #changetheworld #frog #people #friends #happy

"There were some women in a café the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about “oh the baby's lovely.” They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog."
- Karl Pilkington

Frogs have had a long history in our culture. For example, in Egyptian culture, Heket is a frog-headed goddess representing fertility. Meanwhile, in Chinese traditional Feng Shui, the three-legged money toad embodies prosperity. 

We also encountered many reiterations of the Grimm Brothers' The Frog Prince, where a princess broke the curse of a frog prince. Another famous frog is Kermit from The Muppets, making people happy through its awkward yet kind-hearted personality.

Learn more about the amphibians' cultural depiction after reading the quotes below from The Muppets.

"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending." -Jim Henson #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #impact #frog

"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending."
- Jim Henson

"Someday we'll find it/ The rainbow connection/ The Lovers, the Dreamers, and me." -The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #socialchange #frog

"Someday we'll find it/ The rainbow connection/ The Lovers, the Dreamers, and me."
- The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie

"Be thankful for the bad things in life, for they opened your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to." -Kermit The Frog #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #impact #frog #life

"Be thankful for the bad things in life, for they opened your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to."
- Kermit The Frog

It's not easy being green.

~ Kermit the Frog

You are all sitting here listening to me — a talking amphibian. That alone is a radical act of creativity. It's what I call a conspiracy of craziness.

~ Kermit the Frog

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Halliday, Tim. The Book of Frogs: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

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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