Bears are omnivorous mammals found throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.
Did you know that are eight commonly found species of bears? These include the brown bears (includes grizzly bears), Asiatic black bears, giant pandas, polar bears, North American black bears, sloth bears, sun bears, and spectacled bears.
Bears are social animals with highly-evolved intelligence. However, unlike what movies and a lot of books portray, bears are tolerant and gentle creatures with predictable behavior. Mother bears have a lot of traits that resemble human beings. Like our mothers, mother bears can be very protective, affectionate, and sensitive towards their young. Bears mostly communicate via smells, sounds, and body language and tend to get very physical with each other through intentional hitting and biting. Hibernation is their unique winter survival solution, and while almost all bears like the taste of honey, their diets differ based on the species and the region.
Famous Bear Quotes
The bear is one of the mightiest animals in the animal kingdom. Here are some of the best and most famous sayings and quotes about bears that both grown-ups and children will love!
1. “This is a cold, stark world, but to polar bear mothers and cubs, it’s paradise.”
– Stephen Judson.
2. “Bears have been known to attack man, although the fact is that fewer people have been killed by bears than in all of World World I and World War II combined.”
– Peter Gaulke, ‘Strange Wilderness,’ 2008.
3. “So this was her kingdom: an octagonal house, a roomful of books, and a bear.”
– Marian Engel, ‘Bear,’ 1976.
4. “Haven’t you ever thought of living
unconsciously like bears, sniffing the earth,
close to pears and the mossy dark,
far from human voices and fire?”
– Nâzım Hikmet.
5. “Magnificent bears of the Sierra are worthy of their magnificent homes. They are not companions of men, but children of God, and His charity is broad enough for bears.”
– John Muir.
6. “The bear, he says, is many animals in one. Like a lion, he downs mammals much bigger than he; like any ruminant, he pillages crops…And he eats honey like a man.”
– Paolo Rumiz.
7. “Bears with their great size and strength, remind us of how weak and ineffectual we are as organisms: a bear, even a small one, could abolish a human fairly easily.”
– Charles Fergus.
8. “Bears need people. People need bears.”
– Pam Brown.
9. “Bears keep me humble. They help me to keep the world in perspective and to understand where I fit on the spectrum of life…We should fight for these things as if our life depended upon it, because it does.”
– Wayne Lynch.
10. “A man screaming is not a dancing bear. Life is not a spectacle.”
– Aime Cesaire.
11. “I think he just loved being with the bears because they didn’t make him feel bad.”
– Michael Thomas Ford.
12. “It would be fitting, I think, if among the last manmade tracks on earth would be found the huge footprints of the great brown bear.”
– Earl Fleming.
13. “Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.”
– James Rollins.
Grizzly Bear Quotes
If you love nature and wildlife, our compilation of quotes on grizzlies is something you will want to share with your friends!
14. “The Alaskan bears are a distinct species. Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there.”
– Aldo Leopold.
15. “I had to weave and play around with a honey bear, you know, and I could wrestle with him a little bit, but there’s no way you can even wrestle a honey bear, let alone a grizzly bear that’s standing ten feet to eleven feet tall!”
– Leslie Nielsen.
16. “If you ever, ever, ever meet a grizzly bear, / You must never, never, never ask him where / He is going, / Or what he is doing; / For if you ever, ever dare / To stop a grizzly bear, / You will never meet another grizzly bear.”
– Mary Hunter Austin.
17. “The grizzly bear is six to eight hundred pounds of smugness. It has no need to hide. If it were a person, it would laugh loudly in quiet restaurants, boastfully wear the wrong clothes for special occasions, and probably play hockey.”
– Craig Childs.
18. “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.”
– Theodore Roosevelt.
19. “Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding – a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice.”
– Frank Craighead.
20. “The grizzly is a symbol of what is right with the world.”
– Charles Jonkel.
21. “When all the dangerous cliffs are fenced off, all the trees that might fall on people are cut down, all of the insects that bite are poisoned… and all of the grizzlies are dead because they are occasionally dangerous, the wilderness will not be made safe. Rather, the safety will have destroyed the wilderness.”
– R. Yorke Edwards.
Teddy Bear Quotes
Holding a teddy bear in your arms can be the most comforting feeling at the end of a long day, and these quotes about teddies are all the more delightful!
22. “At sales every other toy looks simply worn, dilapidated, grubby. A bear looks lost and abandoned and desperately in need of a loving home.”
– Helen Thomson.
23. “A bear grows more alive with age. No one with one ounce of sensitivity could ever consign a bear to the dustbin”
– Johnnie Hague.
24. “Anyone who has looked a teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look.”
– Harold Nadolny.
25. “One never quite gets over a lost bear.”
– Jane Swan.
26. “Wake in the deepest dark of night and hear the driving rain. Reach out a hand and take a paw and go to sleep again.”
– Charlotte Gray.
27. “There’s lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees they’ll hide and seek as long as they please
That’s the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic…”
– Henry Hall.
28. “The cell phone has become the adult’s transitional object, replacing the toddler’s teddy bear for comfort and a sense of belonging.”
– Margaret Heffernan.
29. “Now that I’m all grown up, I can buy any old Teddy bear I want – except the old Teddy bear I want.”
– William Sternman.
Yogi Bear Quotes
If you like William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s iconic anthropomorphic bear, then these quotes from the 2010 film ‘Yogi Bear’ will surely win your heart.
30. “Just sit back and let Mother Nature carry us toward her own.”
– Yogi Bear.
31. “When you have a mind like mine… you can’t blink or you’ll put a kink in your think.”
– Yogi Bear.
32. “A genius never questions his instincts Boo Boo.”
– Yogi Bear.
33. “Well, you know, Boo Boo, I’m smarter than the average bear!”
– Yogi Bear.
34. “Yogi Bear: I’m so smart it hurts.
Boo Boo: Uh, you’re standing on the soldering iron.
Yogi Bear: OR IT’S THAT!”
– Yogi Bear.
35. “Yogi Bear: Boo Boo, you’ve tried to stop my brilliant ideas with common sense a thousand times. Has it ever worked?
Boo Boo: No.
Yogi Bear: Then… let’s go-go-go!”
– Yogi Bear.
Pooh Bear Quotes And Sayings
Here are some timeless quotes by Winnie the Pooh and it’s creator A. A. Milne that we can all love and cherish.
36. “The most important thing is, even when we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”
– A. A. Milne.
37. “Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”
– A. A. Milne.
38. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
– A.A. Milne.
39. “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
– A. A. Milne.
40. “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
– A. A. Milne.
41. “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
– A. A. Milne.
42. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
– A. A. Milne.
43. “‘Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.'”
– A. A. Milne.
Bear quotes that honor the animal
1. “The best way of being kind to bears is not to be very close to them.” — Margaret Atwood
2. “The grizzly is a symbol of what is right with the world.” — Charles Jonkel
3. “The grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding” — Frank Craighead
4. “When you are where wild bears live you learn to pay attention to the rhythm of the land and yourself.” — Linda Jo Hunter
5. “Bears are not companions of men, but children of God.” — Charles Muir
6. “He tried to act like a bear, and for us on the island, you don’t do that. You don’t invade on their territory… For him to act like a bear the way he did, to me it was the ultimate of disrespecting the bear and what the bear represents.” — Werner Herzog
7. “I think he just loved being with the bears because they didn’t make him feel bad. I get it too. When he was with the bears, they didn’t care that he was kind of weird, or that he’d gotten into trouble for drinking too much and using drugs(which apparently he did a lot of). They didn’t ask him a bunch of stupid questions about how he felt, or why he did what he did. They just let him be who he was.” ― Michael Thomas Ford
8. “Bears not only make the habitat rich, but they also enrich us just by being.” — Linda Jo Hunter
9. “People probably have revered bears for as long as we have interacted with them. And while bear worship is not a part of most modern religions, it is natural for us – even those of us who have never seen a bear – to be awed by such magnificent and formidable creatures.” — Charles Fergus
Bear quotes about bears and mother nature
10. “Most animals show themselves sparingly. The grizzly bear is six to eight hundred pounds of smugness. It has no need to hide. If it were a person, it would laugh loudly in quiet restaurants, boastfully wear the wrong clothes for special occasions, and probably play hockey.” — Craig Childs
11. “Bears keep me humble. They help me to keep the world in perspective and to understand where I fit on the spectrum of life. We need to preserve the wilderness and its monarchs for ourselves, and for the dreams of children. We should fight for these things as if our life depended upon it, because it does.” — Wayne Lynch
12. “Those who have packed far up into grizzly country know that the presence of even one grizzly on the land elevates the mountains, deepens the canyons, chills the winds, brightens the stars, darkens the forest, and quickens the pulse of all who enter it. They know that when a bear dies, something sacred in every living thing interconnected with that realm… also dies.” — John Murray
13. “The mountains have always been here, and in them, the bears.” — Rick Bass
14. “As the animal that, perhaps more than any other, embodied the pagan concept of a kinship between man and nature, the bear play.” — Bernd Brunner
15. “Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” — James Rollins
Bear quotes about bears from myths and legends
16. “The many surviving stories about bears reveal the variety of roles that they have played in the human imagination, from enemies of mankind to their protective spirits.” — Bernd Brunner
17. “The idea that people were related to bears played an important role not only in North America, but in Europe and Asia as well.” — Bernd Brunner
18. “In some tales, humans became bears as a result of unfortunate tree—climbing episodes.” — Bernd Brunner
19. “The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Bear quotes about bears
20. “The bear, he says, is many animals in one. Like a lion, he downs mammals much bigger than he; like any ruminant, he pillages crops; he steals grapes and fruit like a monkey; nibbles on berries like a blackbird; plunders anthills and beehives like a woodpecker; digs up tubers and larvae like a pig; and catches fish with the dexterity of an otter. And he eats honey like a man.” ― Paolo Rumiz
21. “Bears rose to the top of the food chain solely so they could dedicate half their lives to sleep. It’s the world’s most intimidating power nap.” ― James Breakwel
22. “All of the authoritative books on bears seem to agree on one thing: if you’re close enough to a bear to cause it to change its activity pattern, you’re too close, and in possible danger.” ― Dennis R. Blanchard
23. “Oh well, bears will be bears.” ― Michael Bond
24. “Aggression in bears can be and often is a stepping stone to friendship. Friendship and alliances frequently develop by repeated interactions, with initial aggression that lessens over time.” ― Benjamin Kilham
25. “While bears don’t live in established groups or obey rigid hierarchies as chimps and wolves do, they have amazingly complex social relationships.” ― Benjamin Kilham
26. “Bears look like they might be slow because they have short legs and large feet. However, some kinds can move very quickly!” — Therese M. Shea
27. “Bears are masters of survival.” — Catherine Lukas
28. “It is estimated that bears kill over two million salmon a year. Attacks by salmon on bears are much more rare.” — Peter Gaulke
29. “Bears have been known to attack man, although the fact is that fewer people have been killed by bears than in all of World World I and World War II combined.” — Peter Gaulke
30. “The problem is that bears are pretty smart and humans aren’t: we’ll move into a remote area and leave a bag of dog food on our front porch and then panic when we see a grizzly bear helping himself to a meal.” ― Bruce W. Cameron
31. “Bears, it turns out, are a lot like humans. They form alliances with strangers, they make calculations about relative costs and benefits, they lay down rules and punish those who break them. They trade based on a clear system of reciprocity. They communicate using equal parts emotion, intention, and dependence on context—a combination that is essential for communication between strangers and in fact forms the basis for language.” ― Benjamin Kilham
32. “Bears are sort like people. They sit and stand, like people do. They use their paws like hands. Bears eat vegetables, meats and sweets.” — Diana Star Helmer
33. “Bears project a mighty physical presence and a capacity for action. They are smart, something that often becomes apparent the moment you come face-to-face with one.” — Charles Fergus
34. “Bears with their great size and strength, remind us of how weak and ineffectual we are as organisms: a bear, even a small one, could abolish a human fairly easily.” — Charles Fergus
35. “Bears remind us of ourselves. They walk on the flats of their feet, as people do.” — Charles Fergus