Zebra Quotes

30 Zebra Quotes To Inspire Your Own Uniqueness

Zebras are equines that we can only find in the grasslands and savannas of Africa. Together with horses and donkeys, they are herbivores with one toe. Among the three, zebras are the most striking visually with their black and white stripes, making them a symbol of uniqueness. You’ll also find the zebra a favorite subject in arts and fashion.

We have curated this list of zebra quotes to share our love for these striking black-and-white animals. May these encourage you to be your unique self.

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Best Zebra Quotes

Active during the day, zebras gather in herds called harems. Their numbers help them protect each other, especially the foals. When night comes, zebras stay close together to sleep, taking turns being night guards against lions and hyenas. If cornered, they are ready to bite and kick their enemies.

Do you want to learn more? Let's start this list with our chosen best zebra quotes.

"I asked the Zebra, ‘Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?’ And the zebra asked me, ‘Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?’" -Shel Silverstein #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #bethechange #black #white #stripes #zebra
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"I asked the Zebra, ‘Are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes?’ And the zebra asked me, ‘Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?’"

- Shel Silverstein

"But now that I know it’s possible for a couple of zebras to outsmart a crocodile, life is starting to look up." -Sarah Weeks #trvst #quotes #gogreen #bethechange #zebra #life #stripes #wildlife #safari
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"But now that I know it’s possible for a couple of zebras to outsmart a crocodile, life is starting to look up."

- Sarah Weeks

"There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go." -Dr. Seuss #trvst #quotes #socialchange #impact #zebra #safari #wildlife #stripes
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"There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go."

- Dr. Seuss

"Anything was possible. When you hear hooves, you look for horses, but you can’t discount zebras." -Paula Hawkins#trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #safari #stripes #wildlife #zebra
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"Anything was possible. When you hear hooves, you look for horses, but you can’t discount zebras."

- Paula Hawkins

Zebra Quotes About Their Black And White Stripes In The Wild

Shall we talk about their magnificent stripes again? This feature serves three purposes: camouflage against predators, repellent against blood-sucking insects, and temperature control. As you can see, the stripes benefit the zebra a great deal. 

Imagine a dazzle of zebras running through an African field on a hot summer day as you read these zebra quotes.

"Behold the zebra on the plains, and shudder at his mighty manes!" -Ogden Nash #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #impact #safari #wildlife #zebra #stripes
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"Behold the zebra on the plains, and shudder at his mighty manes!"

- Ogden Nash

"Like a human being's fingerprints, no two sets of zebra stripes are exactly alike." -Anonymous #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #zebra #human #wildlife #unique #stripes
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"Like a human being's fingerprints, no two sets of zebra stripes are exactly alike."

- Anonymous

"Zebra babies can flat-out run within an hour of being born, because if they can’t, they’re dead. We were like zebras, so poor we didn’t know how poor we were, and tough and independent because there wasn’t any other way to be." -Willie Parker #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #thinkgreen #zebra #wildlife #stripes #safari
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"Zebra babies can flat-out run within an hour of being born, because if they can’t, they’re dead. We were like zebras, so poor we didn’t know how poor we were, and tough and independent because there wasn’t any other way to be."

- Willie Parker

"The zebra is striped all over so that the lion can see him and eat him. Some people say he is striped so that the lion can not see him. These people believe that the stripes of the zebra simulate the bars of sunlight falling through the tall jungle grasses and that therefore the zebra is invisible and that the earth is flat." -Will Cuppy #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #planetearthfirst #safari #people #zebra #earth #stripes
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"The zebra is striped all over so that the lion can see him and eat him. Some people say he is striped so that the lion can not see him. These people believe that the stripes of the zebra simulate the bars of sunlight falling through the tall jungle grasses and that therefore the zebra is invisible and that the earth is flat."

- Will Cuppy

Quotes About Zebras And Humans Existing Together

Aside from the stripes, zebras are distinct from horses because they cannot be domesticated. Since predators constantly hunt them, they have a strong survival instinct. When humans try to tame them, they tend to panic under stress.

As we read the following zebra quotes, let us learn why we should coexist with them from afar.

"I can give or take elephants; I never can find the cheetah, but the zebras captivate me. They’d be one of the few things that would fit if we were lucky enough to live in a world that’s black or white." -Jodi Picoult #trvst #quotes #dogood #gogreen #wildlife #world #safari #zebra #stripes
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"I can give or take elephants; I never can find the cheetah, but the zebras captivate me. They’d be one of the few things that would fit if we were lucky enough to live in a world that’s black or white."

- Jodi Picoult

"Everytime I look at a zebra, I can’t figure out whether it’s black with white stripes or white with black stripes, and that frustrates me." -Jodi Picoult #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #gogreen #wildlife #stripes #safari #zebra
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"Everytime I look at a zebra, I can’t figure out whether it’s black with white stripes or white with black stripes, and that frustrates me."

- Jodi Picoult

"Most of us are animal lovers. We insist that we love all animals equally - the hamster, the weasel, and the zebra - but if pressed, we will admit to being either a cat person or a dog person." -Nicole Hollander #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #planetearthfirst #stripes #animal #zebra #person #wildlife
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"Most of us are animal lovers. We insist that we love all animals equally - the hamster, the weasel, and the zebra - but if pressed, we will admit to being either a cat person or a dog person."

- Nicole Hollander

"For example, the main reason zebras never got domesticated is that they’re ultra-high-fear. Zebras may bite people and not let go. They injure more people in zoos than the tigers do." -Temple Grandin #trvst #quotes #gogreen #bethechange #safari #people #stripes #zebra #wildlife
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"For example, the main reason zebras never got domesticated is that they’re ultra-high-fear. Zebras may bite people and not let go. They injure more people in zoos than the tigers do."

- Temple Grandin

Thought-Provoking Philosophical Zebra Quotes

Zebras may not be as fast as horses, but they can still outrun the ferocious lions.  How? First, they can run in a zig-zag pattern. Due to their smaller stature, zebras can quickly turn, unlike horses. Second, they have surprising endurance. While predators pounce at short bursts, zebras can run at full speed for a mile. 

As you read these philosophical zebra quotes, learn never to underestimate the black-and-white fellow.

"A zebra does not change its spots." -Al Gore #trvst #quotes #bethechange #takeaction #wildlife #stripes #safari #zebra
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"A zebra does not change its spots."

- Al Gore

"When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras." -Chloe Benjamin #trvst #quotes #socialchange #ecoconscious #stripes #zebra #wildlife #safari
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"When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras."

- Chloe Benjamin

"When you shoot a zebra in the black stripe, the white dies too." -South African Proverb #trvst #quotes #impact #collectiveaction #zebra #hooves #safari #wildlife
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"When you shoot a zebra in the black stripe, the white dies too."

- South African Proverb

Funny Zebra Quotes To Put A Smile On Your Face

Similar to other animals, zebras can also communicate verbally and non-verbally.  Zebras bark to grab attention, bray to show frustration, snort to warn or greet, and many more. They also reveal their upper teeth as if they are laughing when they are excited or contented (similar to donkey’s laughing). You can also check a zebra's mood through its ears. Erected ears mean they're calm, but when it's flattened, they're angry.

When you encounter a zebra in your lifetime, you can now understand their behavior. As you read these funny zebra quotes, always remember to keep your distance, even from a smiling zebra.

"Zebras dream of polka dots." -Phil Caruso #trvst #quotes #socialchange #bethechange #stripes #zebra #safari #wildlife
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"Zebras dream of polka dots."

- Phil Caruso

"I secretly want to be a zebra. That is why I always wear stripes." -Louis Tomlinson #trvst #quotes #gogreen #planetearthfirst #safari #wildlife #stripes #zebra
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"I secretly want to be a zebra. That is why I always wear stripes."

- Louis Tomlinson

"A Polish man bought a zebra for a pet. What does he call the zebra? Spot!" -Henny Youngman #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #socialchange #wildlife #safari #stripes #zebra
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"A Polish man bought a zebra for a pet. What does he call the zebra? Spot!"

- Henny Youngman

"The first drink makes you a frisky gazelle, the second an impetuous zebra, the third a roaring lion, and with the fourth you become a silly donkey." -Anonymous #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #collectiveaction #safari #wildlife #zebra #stripes
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"The first drink makes you a frisky gazelle, the second an impetuous zebra, the third a roaring lion, and with the fourth you become a silly donkey."

- Anonymous

"I love a wild animal print. Not just a leopard print—I’m talking about a tiger or zebra print dress, too." -Tan France #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #socialimpact #stripes #wild #zebra #fashion #safari
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"I love a wild animal print. Not just a leopard print—I’m talking about a tiger or zebra print dress, too."

- Tan France

"Scientists think they can now clone an all-white zebra. Now, I'm no expert, but isn't that a horse?" -Jay Leno #trvst #quotes #dogood #changetheworld #stripes #safari #funny #zebra
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"Scientists think they can now clone an all-white zebra. Now, I'm no expert, but isn't that a horse?"

- Jay Leno

"I'm saying let's go see if we can find some horses or zebras before we start a unicorn hunt." -James S.A. Corey #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #beinspired #stripes #safari #wildlife #zebra
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"I'm saying let's go see if we can find some horses or zebras before we start a unicorn hunt."

- James S.A. Corey

"Prey animals such as zebras and antelope have eyes at the sides of their heads, but a predator's eyes face forward. Always show the cat your face. Let her see where your eyes are, and she'll know you're a predator, too. She'll think twice before attacking" -Tess Gerritsen #trvst #quotes #dogood #gogreen #zebra #eyes #prey#predator #stripes
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"Prey animals such as zebras and antelope have eyes at the sides of their heads, but a predator's eyes face forward. Always show the cat your face. Let her see where your eyes are, and she'll know you're a predator, too. She'll think twice before attacking"

- Tess Gerritsen

"Leo's pride rarely leaves the plains. What are they supposed to mate? The zebras?" -Lora Leigh #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #stripes #safari #wildlife #zebra
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"Leo's pride rarely leaves the plains. What are they supposed to mate? The zebras?"

- Lora Leigh

Noteworthy Zebra Quotes In Art And Literature

Z is for zebras! As a kid, teachers taught us about the striped animal. Unfortunately, they are well-known to hunters. Human activities have also threatened their natural habitats. Currently, the worst case is Grevy Zebras which are endangered. But, there are efforts from the government, communities, and organizations to stop this situation from declining. In fact, their numbers have been steadily increasing in the past years.

Like the last letter of the English alphabet, here is the final set of zebra quotes. May all of us be part of the solution!

"I’m not fighting with myself. Oh, my God. That’s how I am. You know the story of the hippo? The hippo comes to the monkey and said, ‘Listen, I’m not a hippo.’ So, he painted himself like a zebra. He said, ‘But he’s still a hippo.’" -Marat Safin #trvst #quotes #gogreen #impact #wildlife #zebra #safari #stripes
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"I’m not fighting with myself. Oh, my God. That’s how I am. You know the story of the hippo? The hippo comes to the monkey and said, ‘Listen, I’m not a hippo.’ So, he painted himself like a zebra. He said, ‘But he’s still a hippo.’"

- Marat Safin

"God must’ve had a blast painting the stripes on the zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity!" -Max Lucado #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #wildlife #sunset #stripes #safari #zebra
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"God must’ve had a blast painting the stripes on the zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity!"

- Max Lucado

"My scars were reflecting the mist in your headlights I looked like a neon zebra, shaking rain off her stripes" -Fiona Apple #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #thinkgreen #stripes #safari #zebra #wildlife
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"My scars were reflecting the mist in your headlights I looked like a neon zebra, shaking rain off her stripes"

- Fiona Apple

"I try to compensate for my lack of long-distance endurance by having good form. I’m told that my running style is quite majestic. That’s probably because I learned to run by watching nature films in which leopards chased frightened zebras." -Scott Adams #trvst #quotes #takeaction #socialimpact #stripes #nature #wildlife #films #zebra
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"I try to compensate for my lack of long-distance endurance by having good form. I’m told that my running style is quite majestic. That’s probably because I learned to run by watching nature films in which leopards chased frightened zebras."

- Scott Adams

"And the emu, not standing up to the cassowary, accompanied the cassowary on their continued journey of the safari, never to return because a zebra herd trapped them back into pre-color television times indefinitely." -J.S. Maison #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #beinspired #stripes #safari #zebra #wildlife
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"And the emu, not standing up to the cassowary, accompanied the cassowary on their continued journey of the safari, never to return because a zebra herd trapped them back into pre-color television times indefinitely."

- J.S. Maison

"Butterflies and zebras And moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind." -Jimi Hendrix #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #bethechange #safari #wind #stripes #zebra #wildlife
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"Butterflies and zebras And moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind."

- Jimi Hendrix

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