80 Dinosaur Quotes to Fuel Your Jurassic Fantasy

Travel back in time to the Jurassic period through this list of dinosaur quotes!

Dinosaurs are believed to have existed 165 million years ago, during the Mesozoic Era. It’s also estimated that there were 700 different kinds of them during this period. Unfortunately, there are no other species left today.

But, what was the cause of their extinction? According to some theories, an asteroid that collided with our planet caused severe climate change. As a result, dinosaurs could not adapt to the changes and became extinct.

There are quite a few more theories on what actually took place. So, if you’re curious to find out more, continue reading the list of dinosaur quotes we’ve compiled below!

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And don’t forget to check out these animal quotes.

Best Dinosaur Quotes

1. “The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.” – Eric Johnston

2. “We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.” – Colin Mochrie

3. “The reality is, you either step into the future or you become a dinosaur.” – M. Shadows

4. “I would give 10 years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park. We can never have enough of nature.” – Edward Abbey

5. “Dinosaurs have a bad public image as symbols of obsolescence and hulking inefficiency.” – Robert T. Bakker

6. “The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment.” – Arthur C. Clarke

7. “A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia.” – Jack Horner

8. “Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations.” – Steve Miller

9. “I’m not going to stand here and be eaten by some bitch’s dinosaur. I am finally doing something with my life.” – Brian K. Vaughan

Famous Dinosaur Quotes

10. “Dinosaurs are the uncontested stars of paleontology.” – Sebastien Steyer

11. “If history repeats itself, I am so getting a dinosaur.” – Anonymous

12. “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right.” – Larry Niven

13. “Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

14. “In the age of dinosaurs, you don’t need brains, you only need muscle.” – Anthony T. Hincks

15. “Don’t call me a dinosaur. It isn’t fair to the dinosaurs. What did a dinosaur ever do to you?” – Jim Butcher

16. “The thing we can learn from the extinction of dinosaurs is that a random event in the universe can wipe us out. It does not matter whether we do the right things or not. The universe is neither benevolent nor hostile. It is thoroughly indifferent.” – Rajesh

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Dinosaur Quotes to Learn More About These Humongous Reptiles

17. “If we measured success by longevity, then dinosaurs must rank as the number one success story in the history of land life.” – Robert T. Bakker

18. “There’s no environment I can think of that would have remained constant enough to preserve dinosaur DNA.” – Hendrik Poinar

19. “Dinosaurs replace their teeth throughout their life. And T. rex replaced all of their teeth every year.” – Jack Horner

20. “It is only at the beginning of the age of the dinosaurs that the deep sea, hitherto bare of organisms, was finally invaded by life.” – Isaac Asimov

21. “Everybody thinks it’s going to be different for them. The dinosaurs thought so too.” – Kathryn Davis

22. “Does the Bible talk about dinosaurs? Yes, there are around 20 mentions of what we would call dinosaurs today. Why isn’t the word dinosaur used to describe these animals?” – Kelly Landgraf

23. “The brontosaurus had a 30-ton body and a 2-ounce brain. The anatosaurus had 2,000 teeth. Triceratops had a helmet of filled bone seven feet long. Tyrannosaurus rex had tiny arms and teeth like six-inch razors and it was elected president. It ate everything―dead meat, living meat, old bones.” – John Updike

Dinosaur Quotes for Jurassic Park Fans

24. “Dinosaurs eat man―woman inherits the earth.” – Dr. Ellie Sattler

25. “Dinosaurs and man―2 species separated by 65 million years of evolution, have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together.” – Alan Grant

26. “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” – Ian Malcolm

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Interesting Dinosaur Quotes That Will Make You Think

27. “Fossils have richer stories to tell―about the lub-dub of dinosaur life―than we have been willing to listen to.” – Robert T. Bakker

28. “Of all extinct life forms, dinosaurs are the most popular. Why that should be is not clear.” – Isaac Asimov

29. “I think most of the dinosaur specimens we find represent subadult sizes.” – Jack Horner

30. “The dinosaurs are remembered only by their bones. What will we be remembered for with humanity?” – Kanye West

31. “I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur. Evolution must be a myth then.” – John Bacon

32. “Dinosaurs did not walk with humans. The evolutionary record says different. They gambled.” – Steve Martin

33. “Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit the earth 66 million years ago. Everything you were told as a child was wrong.” – John Pickrell

34. “Traditional dinosaur theory is full of short circuits. Like the antiquated wiring in an old house, the details sputter and burn out when specific parts are tested.” – Robert T. Bakker

35. “You’re not allowed to call them dinosaurs any more―it’s speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.” – Terry Pratchett

36. “Great white sharks, big storms―somehow, I think we like to be put in our place by awesome things. Dinosaurs do that.” – Sue Hendrickson

37. “All the explanations proposed seem to be only partly satisfactory. They range from massive climatic change to mammalian predation to the extinction of a plant with apparent laxative properties, in which case the dinosaurs died of constipation.” – Carl Sagan

38. “When the dinosaurs fell at the end of the Cretaceous, they were not a senile, moribund group that had played out its evolutionary options. Rather they were vigorous, still diversifying into new orders and producing a variety of big-brained carnivores with the highest grade of intelligence yet present on the land.” – Robert T. Bakker

Dinosaur Quotes for People of All Ages to Enjoy

39. “Dinosaurs are the best way to teach kids, and adults, the immensity of geologic time.” – Robert T. Bakker

40. “Children have a great urge to learn about dinosaurs.” – Jack Horner

41. “I believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs.” – Peter Benchley

42. “It’s very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs―dinosaurs are nature’s special effects.” – Robert T. Bakker

Funny Dinosaur Quotes

43. “How do you invite a dinosaur to a cafe? Tea, rex?” – Anonymous

44. “What did dinosaurs use to drive their cars? Fossil fuels.” – Anonymous

45. “Tyrannosaurus was truly the Schwarzenegger of dinosaurs.” – Kenneth Carpenter

46. “What do you call a dinosaur wearing a cowboy hat and boots? Tyrannosaurus Tex!” – Anonymous

47. “Why can’t you hear a Pterodactyl when it goes to the toilet? Because the pee is silent!” – Anonymous

48. “What do you call a T. rex who hates losing? A saur loser.” – Anonymous

49. “What do you call an anxious dino? A nervous rex.” – Anonymous

50. “What do you get if you cross a dinosaur with a pig? Jurassic Pork!” – Anonymous

51. “What do you call a dinosaur car accident? A tyrannosaurus wreck’” – Anonymous

52. “What do you call a dinosaur after they break up with their girlfriend? Tyrannosaurus ex.” – Anonymous

53. “What do you get if you cross a T. rex with explosives? Dino-mite.” – Anonymous

54. “Why do museums exhibit old dinosaur bones? Because they can’t afford new ones!” – Anonymous

55. “What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up? Try-try-try-ceratops!” – Anonymous

56. “What do you call a dinosaur that knows a lot of words? A thesaurus!” – Anonymous

57. “Individuals learn faster than institutions and it is always the dinosaur’s brain that is the last to get the new messages.” – Hazel Henderson

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Dinosaur Quotes for Natural History Enthusiasts

58. “Have pity on a dinosaur.” – Hank Williams Jr.

59. “Sixty-five million years ago, the dinosaurs had a bad day.” – Phil Plait

60. “As soon as I saw it I decided I was going to spend the rest of my life studying dinosaurs.” – Robert T. Bakker

61. “I found my first dinosaur bone when I was six, growing up in Montana. Ever since then I’ve been interested in dinosaurs.” – Jack Horner

62. “There’s an incomparable rush that comes from finding dinosaur bones. You know you’re the first person to lay hands on a critter that lived 80 or 90 million years ago.” – Jack Horner

63. “As a kid, I was pretty obsessed with dinosaurs, and the day that my parents took me to Dinosaur National Park, I didn’t think life could get any better.” – Chelsea Clinton

64. “I’ve seen many dinosaur fossils, some mounted in museums, others in the process of being extracted from their rocky matrix, and it has never occurred to me that any could be anything other than genuine.” – Alice Roberts

65. “I went to my first dinosaur hall with my father and twin brother―and I was blown away by the dinosaurs.” – David H. Koch

66. “The public image of dinosaurs is tainted by extinction. It’s hard to accept dinosaurs as a success when they are all dead. But the fact of ultimate extinction should not make us overlook the absolutely unsurpassed role dinosaurs played in the history of life.” – Robert Bakker

67. “The most popular exhibits in any natural history museum are, without doubt, the dinosaurs. These creatures’ popularity grows each year, partly because of the recent resurgence of dinosaur movies, but also because a skeleton of a full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex still has the ability, even 65 million years after its death, to chill us to the bone.” – Ray Harryhausen

Dinosaur Quotes That Highlight Their Similarities With Birds

68. “Paleontologists have tried to turn Archaeopteryx into an earth-bound, feathered dinosaur. But it’s not. It is a bird, a perching bird. And no amount of ‘paleobabble’ is going to change that.” – Alan Feduccia

69. “The presence of feathers in tyrannosaurs and many other kinds of dinosaurs makes it very likely that the great T. rex was feathered, too. If the tyrant king was not fearsome enough already, just imagine it as an energetic, intelligent big bird from hell.” – Stephen Brusatte

70. “We dig up dinosaurs to try and figure out what happened to them. Perhaps someday dinosaurs, in the form of corvids, will dig us up to figure out what happened to us.” – Jennifer Ackerman

71. “As you read this, an estimated 400 billion individual feathered dinosaurs, of 10,000 species, can be found on earth, in almost every habitable environment. You need only step outside and look up into the trees and the wild blue skies to find them.” – John Pickerell

More Dinosaur Quotes to Ponder On

72. “Now, to find dinosaurs, you hike around in horrible conditions looking for a dinosaur. It sounds really dumb, but that’s what it is. It’s horrible conditions because wherever you have nice weather, plants grow, and you don’t get any erosion, and you don’t see any dinosaurs.” – Nathan Myhrvold

73. “People say they don’t believe in luck: luck is the reason the dinosaurs got wiped out and why human beings became the new dominant species on this planet.” – Stewart Stafford

74. “Cowl’s apprentice was tough and competent, but no amount of training or forethought can prepare you for the sight of an angry dinosaur coming to eat your ass.” – Jim Butcher

75. “After finding hardly any meaning in life and absolutely no plausible reason for their existence, some dinosaurs danced on the verdant grasslands while hoping for an asteroid to arrive.” – Rajesh

76. “It is bad news to science museums when 4 in 10 Americans believe humans lived with dinosaurs, and fewer than 2 in 10 understand the terms ‘molecule’ and ‘DNA.’” – Larry Witham

77. “Scientists are complaining that the new dinosaur movie shows dinosaurs with lemurs, who didn’t evolve for another million years. They’re afraid the movie will give kids a mistaken impression. What about the fact that the dinosaurs are singing and dancing?” – Jay Leno

78. “The tyrannosaurus looked a little shamefaced―but only a little, for dinosaurs would rather drown in tar than admit they’re wrong. That unfortunate attitude played a key role in their extinction.” – Catherynne M. Valente

79. “In the rare situation a megatsunami washes a T. rex into your path, you won’t be carrying a weapon large enough to hurt it. If it’s intent on eating you, it will eat you. However, you will be killed by the coolest dinosaur ever. Most people go their whole lives without ever seeing a T. rex in person. Do you know how lucky you are?” – Andrew Shaffer

80. “We’re facing our end, like the dinosaurs millions of years before us. The only difference is we’ve got journalists on hand to document every blow and setback, cataloging our rapid, painful downfall in vibrant, vicious detail. Personally, I think the dinosaurs had the better deal. When it comes to impending, unavoidable extinction, ignorance is bliss.” – Darren Shan

Did These Quotes Motivate You to Adapt to Changes You’ll Encounter in Life?

Richard Owen, an English paleontologist, coined the term “Dinosauria,” which means “terrible reptile.” He coined this name in 1842 after the discovery of many dinosaur fossils.

Looking at their fossils, we can see how giant and magnificent these reptiles might have been. Unfortunately, they’ve long become instinct. Because of that, there’s no other way for us to see them than that through museums, books, movies, and other forms of art and fiction.

Dinosaurs might have gotten extinct, but they teach us that we should always explore, be curious, and adapt to the changing times. We will all be left behind and may even go extinct if we don’t act now to protect what we have and build a more resilient version of ourselves.

Which of these dinosaur quotes is your favorite? Do you have any dinosaur quotes you’d like to share? Please, let us know in the comments section below.

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