Sheep Quotes

37 Sheep Quotes to Inspire Innocence, Individuality, and More

Baaa! Fluffy white sheep have captured our hearts with their innocent nature. With over 1000 distinct species worldwide, the human race domesticated sheep2 approximately 10,500 years ago for their meat, milk, and wool. And, as a few of our sheep quotes refer to, many have spent countless hours counting them late at night. 

Due to their docile nature, we often associate these animals with innocence, peace, vulnerability, and conformity, as seen in our daily metaphors. They've also found their way into countless literary works, from the Bible to the timeless classic, The Little Prince. Check out these and more in our collection of sheep quotes below.

Sheep Quotes About Living On The Farm

If I were to retire right now, I would be on a farm growing my food while surrounded by rescued animals, including sheep. Can you imagine the relaxing animal sounds while enjoying the fresh air breeze?

Raising sheep for meat, milk, or wool is a fulfilling pursuit, but having them for emotional companionship is a hundred times better. Whether surrounded by sheep, cows, or chickens, studies have proven how farming can significantly improve mental health1.

After reading the sheep quotes below, visit our hiking quotes and gardening quotes for more nature therapy.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." -Mahatma Gandhi #trvst #quotes #bethechange #thinkgreen #sheep #life #human
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"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being."

- Mahatma Gandhi

"The goat kicked. The calf trampled. The chickens flapped. The sheep bleated." -John Burningham #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #ecoconscious #sheep
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"The goat kicked. The calf trampled. The chickens flapped. The sheep bleated."

- John Burningham

"If I lived my life over again, I would stay in the countryside. I prefer the countryside—the milking of the cows and the sheep." -Alfredo Di Stefano #trvst #quotes #dogood #changetheworld #sheep #life
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"If I lived my life over again, I would stay in the countryside. I prefer the countryside—the milking of the cows and the sheep."

- Alfredo Di Stefano

Notable Sheep Quotes About Vulnerability And Conformity

We describe individuals as having a sheep mentality when they blindly conform to the opinions or actions of others without questioning the logic behind them. Since these wooly mammals are prey with a strong social instinct to follow a leader, they are sometimes associated with followers and timid or vulnerable people. However, we should remember that these labels can be harmful and dismissive of individuals who lack assertiveness. 

Build your confidence as these sheep quotes provide helpful reminders.

"A lion will never be afraid of sheep, no matter how many outnumber it." -Matshona Dhliwayo #trvst #quotes #gogreen #ecoconscious #sheep
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"A lion will never be afraid of sheep, no matter how many outnumber it."

- Matshona Dhliwayo

"If a dog manages and directs a thousand sheep, it is not because of the genius of the dog, but because of the sheep's folly!" -Mehmet Murat ildan #trvst #quotes #dogood #thinkgreen #sheep
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"If a dog manages and directs a thousand sheep, it is not because of the genius of the dog, but because of the sheep's folly!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

"We are not sheep or cows. God didn't create fences for us or boundaries to contain our nationalities. Man did." -Suzy Kassem #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #beinspired #sheep
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"We are not sheep or cows. God didn't create fences for us or boundaries to contain our nationalities. Man did."

- Suzy Kassem

"Be yourself. If you’re not yourself, who are you? But take advice; listen to people. If you’re not listening, you’re lost. You’re a sheep among wolves." -Craig David #trvst #quotes #bethechange #thinkgreen #sheep #people
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"Be yourself. If you’re not yourself, who are you? But take advice; listen to people. If you’re not listening, you’re lost. You’re a sheep among wolves."

- Craig David

"In a nation of sheep, one brave man forms a majority." -Edward Abbey #trvst #quotes #socialchange #gogreen #sheep
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"In a nation of sheep, one brave man forms a majority."

- Edward Abbey

"The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart—the roar of freedom." -Osho #trvst #quotes #beinspired #changetheworld #sheep #freedom #world
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"The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart—the roar of freedom."

- Osho

"Since you cannot mix wolves with sheep, why would anyone dare to compare a lion with the lamb?" -Mwanamke Kindembo #trvst #quotes #dogood #bethechange #sheep
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"Since you cannot mix wolves with sheep, why would anyone dare to compare a lion with the lamb?"

- Mwanamke Kindembo

Meaningful Quotes About Sheep And Shepherds

If sheep herds are great in number and roam in a large plot of unprotected land, they need a shepherd to guide their path and protect them from predators. Their profession is one of the oldest, existing around 5,000 years ago. 

Throughout time, the bond between sheep and their shepherd transcends its literal meaning. It often symbolizes the relationship between a leader and their followers or even a higher power and its believers.

If you are a leader, these sheep quotes will teach you to be an exemplary shepherd. You might also like our leadership quotes for more on the theme.

"It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them." -Tiberius #trvst #quotes #beinspired #changetheworld #sheep
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"It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them."

- Tiberius

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse." -Winston Churchill #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #sheep
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"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."

- Winston Churchill

"A good shepherd always feeds his sheep first, even when he himself is hungry." -Matshona Dhliwayo #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #sheep
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"A good shepherd always feeds his sheep first, even when he himself is hungry."

- Matshona Dhliwayo

"A sheep who teaches something to the shepherd is no more a sheep but a teacher!" -Mehmet Murat ildan #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #sheep
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"A sheep who teaches something to the shepherd is no more a sheep but a teacher!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

Other Metaphorical Sheep Quotes To Think About

Aside from the metaphors above, we also use terms like "black sheep" to describe someone who deviates from societal norms. Such divergence may be perceived negatively but can also catalyze change, as the black sheep challenges the status quo. But in nature, black sheep exist thanks to the genetic lottery with black fleece recessive genes.

Check out how writers use this metaphor and many more through the sheep quotes below.

"A man, when he is making up with anybody, can be cordial and gallant and full of little attention and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love, he can't help looking like a sheep." -Agatha Christie #trvst #quotes #beinspired #socialchange #sheep #love
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"A man, when he is making up with anybody, can be cordial and gallant and full of little attention and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love, he can't help looking like a sheep."

- Agatha Christie

"The black sheep of the family might produce eagles." -Tamerlan Kuzgov #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialchange #sheep
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"The black sheep of the family might produce eagles."

- Tamerlan Kuzgov

"Money, to me, had always been merely something the sheep used to show each other how wonderful they were." -Jeff Lindsay #trvst #quotes #socialchange #gogreen #sheep
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"Money, to me, had always been merely something the sheep used to show each other how wonderful they were."

- Jeff Lindsay

"After all, the wool of a black sheep is just as warm." -Ernest Lehman #trvst #quotes #takeaction #thinkgreen #sheep
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"After all, the wool of a black sheep is just as warm."

- Ernest Lehman

"Most people are like sheep—nice, harmless creatures who want nothing more than to be left alone so they can graze. But then of course there are wolves who want nothing more than to eat the sheep." -Barry Eisler #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #gogreen #sheep #people
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"Most people are like sheep—nice, harmless creatures who want nothing more than to be left alone so they can graze. But then of course there are wolves who want nothing more than to eat the sheep."

- Barry Eisler

"The so-called ‘innocents' are still wearing the skins of sheep to cover their evil intentions. Thus, we must avoid flatterers at any cost, so as not to become their victims." -Mwanandeke Kindembo #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #ecoconscious #sheep
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"The so-called ‘innocents' are still wearing the skins of sheep to cover their evil intentions. Thus, we must avoid flatterers at any cost, so as not to become their victims."

- Mwanandeke Kindembo

Sheep Quotes In The Bible And The Little Prince

To dive deeper into the different connotations attached to sheep, let's take two famous books as an example. In the Bible, the sheep often represent God's people, with the Lord depicted as a shepherd who guides and protects his flock. This imagery is particularly striking in Psalm 23, where the Lord leads his sheep to green pastures and still waters, providing them with safety and nourishment.

Meanwhile, the sheep symbolism in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella, The Little Prince, took a different turn, focusing on conformity and individuality. The quirky sheep in the story reminds readers that blindly following the flock isn't always the best option. Instead, embracing our unique identity is the way to go. 

Look further into these contrasting perspectives as you read the rest of our sheep sayings below.

"I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments." -Psalm 119:176 #trvst #quotes #dogood #planetearthfirst #sheep
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"I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments."

- Psalm 119:176

"Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things." -Mark 6:34 #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #ecoconscious #sheep
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"Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things."

- Mark 6:34

"For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls." -1 Peter 2:25 #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #takeaction #sheep
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"For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls."

- 1 Peter 2:25

"But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important?" -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry #trvst #quotes #beinspired #dogood #sheep #flower
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"But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important?"

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"For millions of years, flowers have been producing thorns. For millions of years, sheep have been eating them all the same." -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #socialchange #sheep #flowers
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"For millions of years, flowers have been producing thorns. For millions of years, sheep have been eating them all the same."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A few more sheep sayings and quotes

Work – other people's work – is an intolerable idea to a cat. Can you picture cats herding sheep or agreeing to pull a cart? They will not inconvenience themselves to the slightest degree.

~ Louis J. Camuti

We laugh at sheep because sheep just follow the one in front. We humans have out-sheeped the sheep, because at least the sheep need a sheep dog to keep them in line. Humans keep each other in line. And they do it by ridiculing or condemning anyone who commits the crime, and that's what it's become, of being different.

~ David Icke

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

~ James Bovard

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

~ Henry David Thoreau

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.

~ Edgar Fiedler

To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology.

~ Mark Twain

Do exactly the opposite of what the sheep are doing in order to become the Shepherd.

~ Marshall Sylver

If a wolf attacks his sheep, the shepard kills the wolf, but he eats the sheep when he's hungry.

~ Charlie Higson

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.

~ Abraham Lincoln

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

~ William Inge

Everyone's like sheep on social media; like, one person starts making noise, and everyone's like, 'Hey, yeah!' and then you got a whole bunch of people making noise at you.

~ Earl Sweatshirt

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Pedersen, I., Patil, G., Berget, B., Ihlebæk, C., & Gonzalez, M. T. (2015). Mental health rehabilitation in a care farm context: A descriptive review of Norwegian intervention studiesWork (Reading, Mass.)53(1), 31–43.

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Alberto, F.J., Boyer, F., Orozco-terWengel, P. et al. Convergent genomic signatures of domestication in sheep and goats. Nat Commun 9, 813 (2018).

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