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8 Motivational Frog Quotes, Sayings & Proverbs

When it comes to the animals in the world around us and the inspiration they can provide, you may not think of frogs as a likely source of motivation. However, frogs are important members of our environment but frog personalities and behaviours have much inspiration to offer as humans.

We have collected a number of motivational frog quotes, sayings, and proverbs that we hope will help encourage you to reach your goals and find the inspiration you are looking for. We know that sometimes we can hit a wall when completing a task. Think like a frog to jump over that wall and reach your full potential.

Look Beneath the Surface

It wasn’t a kiss that changed the frog, but the fact that a young girl looked beneath warts and slime and believed she saw a prince. So he became one.

Richelle E. Goodrich

This Goodrich frog quote refers to the classic “do not juge a book by its cover.” The Princess saw the beauty of the Prince’s soul beneath his ‘ugly’ frog appearance. Although it is technically not possible for a frog to be both warty and slimy, this quote refers to looking beyond people’s appearance to see the beauty of their essence.

This quote can also be interpreted as the fact that when a person is trying to achieve something difficult, they are often told to believe in themselves to reach their goal. Goodrich could also mean that sometimes self-belief is not enough and that positive encouragement from others is necessary to reach our full potential (in the case of the Prince).

Find out if kissing a frog to turn it into a price is a myth in this article on our blog.

Be Adaptable to Your Environment

Don’t be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground.

Kim Young-ha

One of the amazing abilities that frogs have by virtue of being amphibians is to thrive on land and in the water. This means that they are adaptable to whatever environment in which they find themselves. In this quote, Kim is saying that unlike fish, who are stuck swimming in the water and would die on land, we should be like frogs and learn to thrive in any type of environment.

Expand Your View To Understand More

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.

Mao Zedong

Sometimes, as we are living our daily lives, we can be caught in the minutiae of our regular tasks and activities. Maybe you don’t have the opportunity to visit new places or experience new adventures. This makes us like the frog at the bottom of the well, with only a narrow view of our lives.

Mao is saying here that to experience life to its fullest and to see everything that we can accomplish, we need to get out of the well – or our daily routines – and see what else is out there. This will give us the opportunity to learn more about the world around us and grow as well-rounded human beings.

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

If you throw a frog in boiling water, he’ll just hop out. But if you put him in warm water and slowly amp up the temperature, he won’t notice and end up boiled.

Tim Sweeney

Here is another quote about becoming comfortable with your surroundings, but in the case of the frog in the pot, with disastrous consequences. As we’ve seen throughout history, change that happens slowly, even when it is detrimental to the society that the change affects, is usually unimpeded because people don’t realize what has happened until it is too late to stop it.

With this quote, Sweeney is telling us to pay attention to what is going on around us. When people are engaged in their communities and aware of what is going on around them, they can react to changes. They won’t become the frog being boiled in the pot once it is too late.

Find out if boiling a frog will make it jump out of a pot or if this is a myth in this article on our blog.

Take Care of Your Environment

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Native American Proverb

Although we know that frogs can live on land as well as water, the pond that they live in is an integral part of their ecosystem. If the frog drank their pond, they would lose their home, as well as the sustenance they gain from the pond, such as food and water. Without those things, the frog will have trouble surviving in the world.

This proverb can be a great source of motivation for environmentalists or those who are concerned about what is happening to the world around them. If humans destroy the “pond” in which they live, i.e. use up all the resources, there will be nothing left to keep them alive. This quote reminds us that the pond is not infinite and therefore must be protected.

Support Your Children

Every frog is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.

African Proverb

Similar to the common proverb, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, this African proverb tells us that to parents, children are amazing and can do anything. It shows the power of parental love and acceptance and that when a child grows up in a supportive environment, they can do more than what society expects of them. 

Keep The Mystery Alive

Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was the ultimate humorist of his day, so when he spoke about analyzing comedy, he knew what he was talking about. Like so many things in the arts, people like to analyze comedy to understand why a joke worked. However, when the joke is explained and the creation process is revealed, then the joke loses its power to amuse.

This is true for other creative processes as well. Twain is telling us that sometimes it’s ok to enjoy the joke, magic trick, painting, story, etc. for what it is rather than trying to figure out how it was created. This keeps the mystery alive and allows people to live in the moment (CTNF).

Everyone has the Potential to Improve

There is no place in a city that can’t be better. There is no toad that can’t be a princess, no frog that can’t become a prince.

Jaime Lerner

Lerner was an architect and this quote is based on the common thought that frogs are not the most beautiful looking creatures. He is saying that although a part of town may not look the most appealing, there is always something that can be done to make it better. Even the best parts of town can be improved through the art of architecture and improved urbanization.

With regards to people, a way to interpret this quote is you can always improve yourself and your surroundings. If you’ve ever felt like things in your life have reached a point where they are not great but you’re not sure how to improve them, remember that even little actions can make things better. There is always room for improvement.

More Frog Motivation

As you can see, there is a lot about frogs, their place in the environment, literature, and science that make them an excellent source of motivation. We hope that you find inspiration from these quotes to go out and do all the things you want to do in life.

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Daniella Master Herpetologist

Daniella is a Master Herpetologist and the founder of toadsnfrogs.com, a website dedicated to educating the general population on frogs by meeting them where they are in their online Google Search. Daniella is passionate about frogs and put her digital marketing skills and teaching experience to good use by creating these helpful resources to encourage better education, understanding, and care for frogs.