110 Wolf Quotes to Inspire You to Take the Lead

Here is a collection of wolf quotes you can check on that will encourage you to become braver and bolder in any difficult challenges in life.

We know that wolves are one of the most formidable predators on earth. In some beliefs, the wolf has been seen as the villain or as the wolf who tried to eat children.

However, in other cultures, the wolf has been given a lot of great qualities.

They are pathfinder, way-shower, and community builders, showing qualities like loyalty, protection, and companionship.

So, If you want to know more about the wolves and other qualities they have, this collection is perfect for you.

Read the full collection below.

And also check out these animal quotes and fox quotes too.

Best Wolf Quotes

1. “Where there are sheep, the wolves are never very far away.” – Plautus

2. “I think I’m still a lone wolf, internally. And I always will be.” – Rob Halford

3. “In the calm, deep waters of the mind, the wolf waits.” – F.T. McKinstry

4. “A wolf is no less a wolf because he’s dressed in sheepskin and the devil is no less the devil because he’s dressed as an angel.” – Lecrae

5. “I am not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I’m a wolf in wolf’s clothing.” – Ricky Gervais

6. “The black wolf’s curse awakes every time that a full moon points in the middle of the sky.” – Pet Torres

7. “Wolves go after a wounded deer, it is the nature of the beast.” – Barbara Delinsky

8. “The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

9. “The Lord God had created all animals and had chosen out the wolf to be his dog.” – Jacob Grimm

Famous Wolf Quotes

10. “We both fell asleep wrapped up together with the wolves still lullaby-ing us in the background.” – April Genevieve Tucholke

11. “The wolf’s clear, intelligent eyes brushed mine. The wolf is gentle-hearted. Not noble, not cowardly, just non-fighting.” – Lois Crisler

12. “The wolf will never lose sleep, worrying about the feelings of sheep. But no-one ever told the sheep, that they outnumber the wolves.” – Bray Wyatt

13. “Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.” – Angela Carter

14. “A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.” – George R.R. Martin

15. “She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.” – R.M. Drake

16. “If the wolf would cease his running, the people would cease their shouting.” – German proverb

17. “When one runs with the wolves, one must howl with the pack.” – Leon Trotsky

18. “The Canis Lupus, both wolf, and man were meant to be a family with one another. We gain strength through our bond with each other.” – Quinn Loftis

19. “If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.” – Nikita Khrushchev

Profound Wolf Quotes

20. “They say the wolf bestows its happy spirit to help people. Women who obtain this spirit become skilled in creative endeavors and experience a strengthening of the senses. I would like to think there is some truth to this in my own life.” – Judi Rideout

21. “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” – Saul Bellow

22. “Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.” – B. B. King

23. “Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.” – Criss Jami

24. “The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they’d lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.” – Jodi Picoult

25. “Some girls are full of heartache and poetry and those are the kind of girls who try to save wolves instead of running away from them.” – Nikita Gill

26. “The wolf may fight the bear, but the rabbit always loses.” – Robert Jordan

27. “Man is to man either a god or a wolf.” – Desiderius Erasmus

28. “You know, I’m cursed with morals. I was raised a certain way. I wish I wasn’t. I wish I was raised by wolves.” – Carson Daly

29. “A wolf eats sheep but now and then; Ten thousand are devoured by men. An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretend friend is worse.” – John Gay

Short Wolf Quotes

30. “Report makes the wolf bigger than he is.” – German Proverb

31. “It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.” – Virgil

32. “The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul.” – Barry Lopez

33. “Hunger drives the wolf out of the wood.” – German Proverb

34. “Crying wolf is a real danger.” – David Attenborough

35. “An intelligent wolf is better than a foolish lion.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

36. “If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear.” – Lithuanian

37. “When shepherds quarrel, the wolf has a winning game.” – German proverb

38. “The wolves in the uniform with the license to do that.” – Ehsan Sehgal

39. “It is madness for a sheep to talk of peace with a wolf.” – French proverb

Wolf Quotes on Guardianship, Loyalty, and Spirit

40. “Careless shepherd make excellent dinner for a wolf.” – Earl Derr Biggers

41. “I guess I’m pretty much of a lone wolf. I don’t say I don’t like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.” – Bela Lugosi

42. “The wolves prey upon the lambs in the darkness of the night, but the bloodstains remain upon the stones in the valley until the dawn comes, and the sun reveals the crime to all.” – Khalil Gibran

43. “We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves.” – Gerald Hausman

44. “I would control your life, every step you walk, and every word you say; there is no way you can run from an injured wolf.” – M.F. Moonzajer

45. “Wolves, like children, are not born to lead calm lives.” – Katherine Rundell

46. “I’ve done this a thousand times before, watching the crowd like a wolf does a flock of sheep. Looking for the weak, the slow, the foolish. Only now, I am very much the prey.” – Victoria Aveyard

47. “I believe that the wolf can change everything if he just wants to change.” – Deyth Banger

48. “A little wolf is present in every one of us.” – Peter Stamm

49. “The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you.” – Barry Lopez

50. “Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war.” – Roshani Chokshi

51. “The wolves in the woods have sharp teeth and long claws, but it’s the wolf inside who will tear you apart.” – Jennifer Donnelly

52. “Everyone knew there were wolves in the mountains, but they seldom came near the village—the modern wolves were the offspring of ancestors that had survived because they had learned that human meat had sharp edges.” – Terry Pratchett

53. “Throw me to the wolves and I will return, leading the pack.” – Seneca

54. “Wolves and people were not natural enemies. The human’s relationship with other animals established their rivalry with wolves.” – Jon T. Coleman

Wolf Quotes That Will Make You Smarter

55. “That night the wind was howling almost like a wolf and there were some real wolves off to the west giving it lessons.” – George R.R. Martin

56. “Wolves fail to hide their integrity just like the way men fail to hide their own animality.” – Munia Khan

57. “Wolves don’t perform in a circus, and people with a mind of their own, don’t perform in a circus either.” – Avijeet Das

58. “To a distant goal, like the grey wolves grey.” – Henry Lawson

59. “As the wolves ran, drawing nearer to their prey.” – James E. Hyler II

60. “The wolves were in a tragic scene Things falling apart at the seams.” – Mario William Vitale

61. “In freedom, wolves are grown, but deal with them is short: In grass, in ice, in snow—A wolf is always shot.” – Anna Akhmatova

62. “Wolves with wolves are never savage.” – James Clerk Maxwell

63. “Fierce as the proling wolves at close of day, and swift as eagles in pursuit of prey.” – Thomas Parnell

64. “To the wolves, you left me to the wolves. Thought it was me and you against the world but you left me to the wolves.” – Anberlin

65. “The wolf is the arch-type of ravin, the beast of waste and desolation.” – Theodore Roosevelt

66. “The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears.” – J R R Tolkien

67. “As wolves love lambs so lovers love their loves.” – Plato

68. “The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn.” – Horace

69. “No wolf falters before the bite so strike no hawk wavers before the dive just strike.” – Shannon Hale

Wolf Quotes To Help You Connect With Your Instincts And Intuition

70. “Make yourself a sheep and the wolf will eat you.” – German Proverb

71. “Leave the pain behind and let your life be your own again. There is a place where all time is now, and the choices are simple and always your own. Wolves have no kings.” – Robin Hobb

72. “The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.” – Proverb

73. “Crying wolf may have been the boy’s undoing, but the true irony was that the wolves were always lurking nearby.” – Wes Fesler

74. “Wolves don’t hunt singly, but always in pairs. The lone wolf was a myth.” – John Fowles

75. “Wolves ate even mighty hunters, for there was no honor or code among predators, and everyone’s guts steam the same way when torn open on a cold night.” – Warren Ellis

76. “The wolves are never meant to be anything other than defending. They’re not meant to be aggressors.” – Joe Carnahan

77. “The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream.” – Elihu Root

78. “Wolves together stand howling soft and loud at the light, singing family songs.” – Sue Thoele

79. “Wolves directly affect the entire ecosystem, not just moose populations, their main prey, because less moose equals more tree growth.” – Rolf Peterson

80.“What’s that supposed to mean? A wolf’s head on a stick. Big wolf barbecue tonight? Bring your own wolf?” – Eoin Colfer

81. “There is no better way to know us than as two wolves, come separately to a wood.” – Ted Hughes.

82. “Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.” – Larry Flynt

83. “We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be—the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer—which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourselves.” – Farley Mowat

84. “Be yourself. If you’re not yourself, who are you? But take advice; listen to people. If you’re not listening, you’re lost. You’re a sheep among wolves.” – Craig David

Wolf Quotes to Help You Develop Teamwork Skills

85. “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” – James Bovard

86. “Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them.” – Bob Ferris

87. “Wolves and Doves mate for life. I hope in the next life I am one of the two.” – Amanda Mosher

88. “We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us, there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.” – Anthony Marra

89. “The wolf is an intelligent and cultural animal. Its behavior is not just imprinted in its genes but is also taught from mothers to pups according to circumstance. It knows that a man with a pitchfork is dangerous and that a man with a gun is even more so. The wolf was different once and was more active during the day. Its [modern] nocturnal activities are an adaptation against danger.” – Luigi Boitani

90. “How could I fail to be a lone wolf, and an uncouth hermit, as I did not share one of its aims nor understand one of its pleasures?” – Hermann Hesse

91. “Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say that a noncomformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, that one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

92. “Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate, and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed, and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

93. “Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you—you will remember.” – Robert Ghost Wolf

94. “I knew he wouldn’t come, but I howled anyway, and when I did, the other wolves would pass images of him to me of what he looked like lithe, gray, yellow-eyed. I would pass back images of my own, of a wolf on the edge of the woods, silent and cautious, watching me. The images, clear as the slender-leaved trees in front of me, made finding him seem urgent, but I didn’t know how to begin to look.” – Maggie Stiefvater

95. “It was just like Howlin’ Wolf. Once you arrive at the point that you understand it, the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.” – Robert Quine

96. “Wolf Hall’ attempts to duplicate not the historian’s chronology but the way memory works: in leaps, loops, flashes.” – Hilary Mantel

97. “Wolves want to be wolves. Servals want to be servals. Bears want to be bears. And it is impossible to be a wolf or a serval or a bear when living in a cage.” – Annie Lowrey

98. “In Mongolia, the nomads always told me that wolves were the most dangerous things on the steppe, and I didn’t believe them at first.” – Tim Cope

99. “Pacifists are like sheep who believe that wolves are vegetarians.” – Yves Montand

Wolf Quotes That Will Make You Smile

100. “When a wolf doesn’t want to do something, they look really cute.” – Michelle Paver

101. “Talk of the wolf and you see his tail.” – French Proverb

102. “Tis a silly sheep that makes the wolf her confessor.” – French Proverb

103. “A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.” – Lana Turner

104. “A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.” – Ruth Brown

105. “Wolves are the witches of the animal world.” – Katherine Rundell

106. “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” – George Carlin

107. “Throw me to the wolves. I learn faster when I’m around wolves and sharks.” – Baron Davis

108. “Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.” – Isaiah Berlin

109. “Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.” – George Chapman

110. “The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.” – Carl Clinton Van Doren

Were You Inspired by These Wolf Quotes to Take On Lead?

The wolf has often played an arguable role in people’s minds; however, in some native cultures, the wolf is seen as a guide who can show humanity the way to get closer to their origins. We can learn from a wolf that with the proper guidance of a good leader, with teamwork and cooperation we can achieve our goals as a team.

Which of these Wolf quotes is your favorite and why? Let us know in the comment section below about your thoughts and opinions.

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