Richard Adams Quotes


Men will never rest till they've spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.

They want to be natural the anti-social little beasts. They just don't realize that everyone's good depends on everyone's cooperation.

Who knows why men do anything?

If a rabbit gave advice and the advice wasn't accepted he immediately forgot it and so did everyone else.

He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running.

Rabbits need dignity and above all the will to accept their fate.

If you want to bless me you can bless my bottom for it is sticking out of the hole.

People who record birdsong generally do it very early-before six o'clock-if they can. Soon after that the invasion of distant noise in most woodland becomes too constant and too loud.

One cloud feels lonely.

A thing can be true and still be desperate folly.

A thing can be true and still be desperate folly Hazel.

We are all human and fall short of where we need to be. We must never stop trying to be the best we can be.

There is nothing that cuts you down to size like coming to some strange and marvelous place where no one even stops to notice that you stare about you.

Dangerous thing a name. Someone might catch hold of you by it mightn't they?

Our children's children will hear a good story.

I've always said that Watership Down is not a book for children. I say: it's a book and anyone who wants to read it can read it.

I certainly think that 10 to 20 years from now clearly the majority of veterinarians will be women.

Rabbits live close to death and when death comes closer than usual thinking about survival leaves little room for anything else.

A magpie seeing some light-colored object conspicuous on the empty slope flew closer to look. but all that lay there was a splintered peg and a twisted length of wire.

They're all so much afraid of the Council that they're not afraid of anything else.

Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.

I distinguish two types of human beings Love people who love the sky and the flowers and Power People who are essentially sold on naked power.

I don't like straight lines: men make them.

Hazel like nearly all wild animals was unaccustomed to look up at the sky. What he thought of as the sky was the horizon usually broken by trees and hedges.

The Threarah doesn't like anything he hasn't thought of for himself.

Sooner or later everyone has to meet his match.

Silflay hraka u embleer rah!

Hoi hoi u embleer hrair! M'saion ule' hraka vair!

We all have to meet our match sometime or other.

Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.