„The buzzard told the monkey "You're chokin' me
Release your hold and I'll set you free"
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said
"Your story's touching but it sounds like a lie."“
— Nat King Cole American singer and jazz pianist 1919 - 1965
"Straighten Up And Fly Right" (1937) written with Irving Mills.
„Cover me, when I sleep
Cover me, when I breathe
You throw your pearls before the swine
Make the monkey blind
Cover me, darling please.
Monkey, monkey, monkey.
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey?“
— Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950
Song lyrics, Security (1982), Shock The Monkey
— Howard Cosell American sportscaster 1918 - 1995
During the Halftime Highlights segment of Monday Night Football on September 24, 1973 when describing a 97-yard kickoff return by Washington Redskins player Herb Mul-Key against the St. Louis Cardinals.
— Robert Benchley, My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew
Context: The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself wouldn’t make any sense if quoted as it stands. "Quick Quotations" in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936)
„You may think I'm cruel to the monkey, but you only see the tip of the iceberg, for the monkey is cruel to me. It hits me when I sleep. It sleeps when I hit it. Imagine how impotent that makes me feel.“
— Simon Munnery British comedian 1967
Attention Scum! (2001), Episode Two
„I am sure that I would not make a good taxidermist; the temptation to improve upon nature would certainly be too strong for me. Think how easy it would be, when stuffing somebody's pet terrier, to slip a couple of human glass eyes into a sockets, instead of the usual buttons. Then the owner would really be justified in saying that his pet looked almost human. If I were stuffing this two-headed calf, for instance, I could not resist making one head smile and the other one frown, so that they looked like masks of Comedy and Tragedy.“
— Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks
The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks (1947)
„Charles Darwin wrote a famous book in 18[gibberish]. And that book was an interesting book, cuz it was called "Monkey-Monkey-Monkey-Monkey-Monkey-Monkey-You".“
— Eddie Izzard British stand-up comedian, actor and writer 1962
— Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
„I look like an exploding tomato and shout like a jet engine and every time I see it, it makes me cringe.“
— John Sweeney (journalist)
John Sweeney losting his temper with Scientologist Tommy Davis. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7348434.stm
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
"I create gods all the time - now I think one might exist" (2008), Context: Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again. A similar remark was reportedly made by Pratchett in The Herald (4 October 2004): I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel.
— Haruki Murakami, livro Norwegian Wood