Monkey Quotes

Monkey, Ape & Orangutan Quotes

Monkeys, in many ways, are familiar to us because we share similar physical features. We also share emotional and cognitive markers. Like humans, monkeys can experience obvious mood change if they feel stressed or hungry. They form large groups and live in harmony with each other. They are usually playful and entertaining to watch as some of our selection of monkey quotes talk to.

The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest type of monkey and the Mandrill is the largest type of monkey. Monkeys also have their own unique set of fingerprints just like humans do.

Monkeys contribute to the ecosystem by helping to disperse seeds of flowers, plants and fruits as they move from place to place. This helps the forest to keep rejuvenating.

Below are a few quotes about monkeys; the species thought to be man's closest kin in the animal kingdom.

30 Monkey Quotes

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"In Kenya you've got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world is really like."  - Joanna Lumley #trvst #quotes #trees #birds #monkeys #forest #protectnature #natureseekers #impact #arborarmy #majesticwildlife #earth
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In Kenya you've got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world is really like.

- Joanna Lumley


Joanna Lamond Lumley is a British actress, presenter, former model, author, television producer and activist. She received the title of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. Lumley is a notable activist for the Gurkha Justice Campaign and Survival International. She supports several animal welfare groups.

Monkeys live predominantly in tropical forests. We can find them in Africa, Central America, South America and Asia. With the exclusion of baboons, all monkeys live on trees. Monkeys live in groups known as a 'tribe', 'troop' or 'mission'. These groups have a strong hierarchy and each monkey has its role.

"In Africa, you know, if you're poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey"  - Emmanuel Jal #trvst #quotes #africa #forest #poor #monkey #deforestation #wildlifeprotection #gogreen #bethechange #treeplanting #splendidanimals
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In Africa, you know, if you're poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey

- Emmanuel Jal


Emmanuel Jal is a South Sudanese-Canadian artist, actor, former child soldier, and political activist. He published his experience as a child soldier as an autobiography, War Child: A Child Soldier's Story in 2009 (amazon). He founded the Gua Africa charity to help people in Sudan and Kenya affected by war and poverty. He's involved in the Make Poverty History campaign, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms campaign.

Monkeys love to eat and having food keeps the monkey in a good mood. They're often moving in bands, searching for food. They feed on vegetation, birds’ eggs, smaller animals, and insects.

"The mind is a monkey, hopping around from thought to thought, image to image. Rarely do more than a few seconds go by in which the mind can remain single-pointed, empty."  - Dani Shapiro #trvst #quotes #monkey #domore #perfectnature #bethechange #wild #changetheworld #majesticwildlife #collectiveaction #wildlifeprotection #beinspired
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The mind is a monkey, hopping around from thought to thought, image to image. Rarely do more than a few seconds go by in which the mind can remain single-pointed, empty.

- Dani Shapiro


Dani Shapiro is an author. In 2019 she wrote Inheritance (amazon), a memoir, which was an immediate New York Times bestseller. She's written many other memoirs, novels and has also written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Elle. Shapiro is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

Monkeys are most active during the day, constantly on the move in search of food. They can sit upright, which leaves their hands free for manipulative activities.

"As a child, I loved to climb on the tree, like a monkey."  - Phan Thi Kim Phuc #trvst #quotes #monkey #tree #conservation #socialchange #majesticwildlife #beinspired #splendidanimals #bethechange #animalphotography #dotherightthing
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As a child, I loved to climb on the tree, like a monkey.

- Phan Thi Kim Phuc


Many know Phan Thị Kim Phúc as the young girl in the famous picture taken by AP photographer Nick It, during the Vietnam war in 1972. Her back had been badly burned and she was running naked. Phúc has worked to support child victims of war around the world. She has received many honours including being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, a member of the Order of Ontario, and several honorary Doctorate degrees.

Most monkeys are arboreal; they live on treetops. Therefore they must be excellent climbers. They leap from limb to limb in their travels among the trees using their strong arms, legs and tails to help them move easily.

"The president is here, strong and firm as a monkey's tail."  - Jean-Claude Duvalier #trvst #quotes #monkeys #wild #gogreen #protectnature #dotherightthing #perfectnature #bethechange #amazingworld #collectiveaction #majesticwildlife
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The president is here, strong and firm as a monkey's tail.

- Jean-Claude Duvalier


Jean-Claude Duvalier was a Haitian politician who was the President of Haiti. He ruled from 1971 until 1986 when an uprising opposition overthrew him. He succeeded his father, François Duvalier, as the ruler of Haiti after his death in 1971 becoming the world's youngest president at age 19.

Most monkeys have what we know as a prehensile tail, which functions as an extra limb allowing the monkey to hold and grasp objects. Monkeys use their tails to swing from branches and hold onto food. The tail aids balance on tree branches.

"Essentially, a parrot is a monkey with wings."  - Joseph Garner #trvst #quotes #parrot #monkey #protectnature #ecoconscious #wild #dotherightthing #biodiversity #bethechange #majesticwildlife #gogreen
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Essentially, a parrot is a monkey with wings.

- Joseph Garner


Joseph Alan Garner is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Championship club Wigan Athletic. He kicked off his career with Blackburn Rovers before joining Carlisle United and later Preston North End. Garner has earned multiple awards including the Football League One top scorer, 2014–15 and Football League Goal of the Year: 2014–15.

Monkeys love to talk, it's a way for them to socialize. They vocalize sounds ranging from low chatter, clicks, and high pitch yelling. These sounds allow them to create strong bonds, to take care of their young, and even to warn off trouble makers. They also use sounds to warn each other of potential dangers.

"One of my most laughable moments was when we visited the monkeys in Ubud - they really seemed to like me and at one point, I had three males on my head and shoulders."  - Carolyn Murphy #trvst #quotes #monkeys #biodiversity #dotherightthing #amazingworld #thinkgreen #protectnature #dosomething #splendidanimals #bethechange #wild
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One of my most laughable moments was when we visited the monkeys in Ubud - they really seemed to like me and at one point, I had three males on my head and shoulders.

- Carolyn Murphy


An accomplished model, Carolyn Murphy was ninth on the Forbes top-earning models list, in 2012. She was named VH1/Vogue's Model of the Year in 1998. Murphy was one of the "Modern Muses" on the November 1999 millennium cover of American Vogue and represented Calvin Klein's perfume, Contradiction. Murphy has shot campaigns for Missoni, Versace and Tiffany & Co.

Despite the unpredictable nature of wild animals, monkeys are still quite friendly with humans. They enjoy having fun and bring up spontaneous games. Monkeys are always up to some kind mischief, which makes people laugh. This monkey quote shows how friendly monkeys can get with humans.

"What I am interested in with birds, just as I am with spiders or monkeys, is what they do and why they do it."  - David Attenborough #trvst #quotes #birds #monkeys #bird #conservation #nature #gogreen #monkey #geology #bethechange #wild
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What I am interested in with birds, just as I am with spiders or monkeys, is what they do and why they do it.

- David Attenborough


Broadcaster and Naturalist, Attenborough served as a senior manager at the BBC, controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. He is the patron of the UK's Blood Pressure Association, which supports people with hypertension.

Monkeys use non-verbal communication to show emotion. Mothers snuggle their baby to protect it and show love. Adults may sit close to each other and even touch each other's faces as a means of socialization. They can use facial expressions to show anger, excitement and fear.

"I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents."  - Prince Charles #trvst #quotes #monkey #sustainability #dotherightthing #majesticwildlife #socialchange #monkeys #changetheworld #splendidanimals #beinspired #conservation
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I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents.

- Prince Charles


Charles, Prince of Wales, is the longest-serving heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. Charles founded The Prince's Trust in 1976, sponsors The Prince's Charities, and works with over 400 other charities and organisations. He is an environmentalist raising awareness of organic farming and climate change. His efforts have earned him awards and recognition from environmental groups.

Scientists share that monkeys have large brains and are inquisitive and intelligent. They can solve many complex problems and learn from personal experience. Monkeys know to use stones to crack nuts and sticks to obtain food from trees.

"An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."  - Charles Darwin #trvst #quotes #monkey #wild #thinkgreen #animalphotography #impact #splendidanimals #collectiveaction #wildlifeprotection #bethechange #majesticwildlife
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An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

- Charles Darwin


Charles Robert Darwin was a naturalist, geologist and biologist. Scientists know him for his theory of evolution which we widely accept and perceive as a foundational concept in science. His 1859 book On the Origin of Species established him as the greatest contributor to the science of evolution. He died in 1882 and was given British accolade of burial in Westminster.

This monkey quote gives credit to the monkey's individuality in the process of learning. Individual monkeys more or less have to learn new behaviours for themselves. They seem not to be able to learn from the experience of group members.

"Friend Monkey' is really my favorite of all my books because the Hindu myth on which it is based is my favorite - the myth of the Monkey Lord who loved so much that he created chaos wherever he went."  - P. L Travers #trvst #quotes #monkey #amazingworld #gogreen #wild #changetheworld #perfectnature #dosomething #protectnature #socialimpact #conservation
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Friend Monkey' is really my favorite of all my books because the Hindu myth on which it is based is my favorite - the myth of the Monkey Lord who loved so much that he created chaos wherever he went.

- P. L Travers


Originally named Helen Lyndon Goff she officially took the name "Pamela Lyndon Travers" when she migrated to England at the age of 25. Many know her as the author of international bestseller Mary Poppins.

Monkeys are very affectionate and they show it using physical touch. This monkey quote captures the abundance of love that exists between monkeys. Grooming is a part of the social behaviour for the Monkeys, they take bugs and debris out of the fur of each other. They often help each other with finding food, caring for the young, and staying protected.

"We read our children stories starring elephants and monkeys and bears to teach them about nobility, curiosity and courage, to warn them against selfishness and stubbornness."  - Lydia Millet #trvst #quotes #children #elephants #monkeys #bears #monkey #dogood #animalphotography #changetheworld #wildlifeprotection #takeaction
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We read our children stories starring elephants and monkeys and bears to teach them about nobility, curiosity and courage, to warn them against selfishness and stubbornness.

- Lydia Millet


American novelist Lydia Millet won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction for her novel, My Happy Life (amazon). Readers know Millet for her dark sense of humour, stylistic versatility, and political inclination. she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Different monkey species have male or female leaders, who have to constantly defend their position. However, there are frequent changes in leadership as almost all monkeys want a turn at leadership.

Conclusion

Monkeys are social, emotional animals, just like us. There’s something uniquely interesting to learn about each one of the 260 species of monkeys. Since they’re one of the few animals spread across most of the world, it’s possible to spot one or two when you spend time in wooded areas.

More Inspirational Monkey Quotes & Sayings

"If you could cross a lion and a monkey, that's what I'd be, because monkeys are funny and lions are strong."  - Marlon Wayans #trvst #quotes #lion #lions #monkey #monkeys #monkeylife #ecoconscious #amazingworld #dogood #conservation #planetearthfirst
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If you could cross a lion and a monkey, that's what I'd be, because monkeys are funny and lions are strong.

- Marlon Wayans


"It will not be a surprise to you to learn I'm more interested in the future of the Arctic Circle than the future of the Arctic Monkeys."  - Gordon Brown #trvst #quotes #arctic #monkeys #majesticwildlife #bethechange #monkey #planetearthfirst #wildlifeprotection #thinkgreen #biodiversity #dogood
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It will not be a surprise to you to learn I'm more interested in the future of the Arctic Circle than the future of the Arctic Monkeys.

- Gordon Brown


"Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills."  - Radhanath Swami #trvst #quotes #nature #rivers #mothernature #leopards #monkeys #environment #earth #perfectnature #noplanetb #changetheworld
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Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills.

- Radhanath Swami


"When you're dealing with monkeys, you've got to expect some wrenches."  - Alvah Bessie #trvst #quotes #monkeys #conservation #planetearthfirst #wild #bethechange #sustainability #ecoconscious #perfectnature #impact #wildlifeprotection
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When you're dealing with monkeys, you've got to expect some wrenches.

- Alvah Bessie


"I was very into animals and nature, and really obsessed with cats and monkeys. I used to play in the woods, wander off into the woods for hours. I'd bring a clipboard and think that I was doing some work out there, following the trails of raccoons or collecting bird feathers."  - Tig Notaro #trvst #quotes #nature #bird #animals #feathers #monkeys #environment #amazingworld #sustainability #socialchange #planet
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I was very into animals and nature, and really obsessed with cats and monkeys. I used to play in the woods, wander off into the woods for hours. I'd bring a clipboard and think that I was doing some work out there, following the trails of raccoons or collecting bird feathers.

- Tig Notaro


"Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again."  - Terry Pratchett #trvst #quotes #monkeys #amazingworld #takeaction #majesticwildlife #socialimpact #animalphotography #dogood #splendidanimals #beinspired #sustainability
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Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.

- Terry Pratchett


"Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there."  - Henry James #trvst #quotes #monkeys #sustainability #bethechange #protectnature #dogood #splendidanimals #impact #majesticwildlife #collectiveaction #monkeylife
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Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.

- Henry James


"Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey."  - Malcolm de Chazal #trvst #quotes #monkey #monkeys #monkeylife #ecoconscious #perfectnature #takeaction #wild #beinspired #splendidanimals #socialimpact
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Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

- Malcolm de Chazal


"Nature made your eyebrows like that for a reason. I don't know the reason. Some people say it's to do with keeping rain out of monkeys' eyes. Whatever. The point is, if you try to redesign your eyebrows with tweezers and pens, it will look terrible."  - Victoria Coren Mitchell #trvst #quotes #nature #monkeys #earth #monkey #wildernessnation #dosomething #conservation #perfectnature #sustainable #changetheworld
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Nature made your eyebrows like that for a reason. I don't know the reason. Some people say it's to do with keeping rain out of monkeys' eyes. Whatever. The point is, if you try to redesign your eyebrows with tweezers and pens, it will look terrible.

- Victoria Coren Mitchell


"The puma is, with the exception of some monkeys, the most playful animal in existence."  - William Henry Hudson #trvst #quotes #animal #monkeys #animallovers #protectnature #natural #takeaction #wildlife #splendidanimals #forscience #planetearthfirst
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The puma is, with the exception of some monkeys, the most playful animal in existence.

- William Henry Hudson


"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."  - Stephen Hawking #trvst #quotes #planet #monkeys #earth #monkey #sustainability #beinspired #environment #monkeylife #wildlifeplanet #thinkgreen
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We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

- Stephen Hawking


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