It's almost supernatural."
"An experienced Teddy Bear brings with him a lifetime of knowledge and experience; the wisdom of silence and the stillness in moments of great turmoil.
A bear looks lost and abandoned and desperately in need of a loving home."
"Teddy bears don't need hearts as they are already stuffed with love."
"How many children, do you suppose, have carried a lifelong resentment of parents responsible for the surreptitious removal of their Teddy Bears?"
"There's just something about a Teddy Bear that's impossible to explain.
However, given their mental and emotional chops and awareness of mortality especially, who is to say that they don’t have some sense of the metaphysical? The central facts and mysteries of their existence, about which they clearly have deep feelings, are the same as ours: death and love, life and new life, the chasm between the way things ought to be and how they really are. Alas, we can’t begin to know what elephants make of such matters, but there is something weird and refreshing about considering these basic existential questions from an intelligent animal’s imagined point of view. No revelation, no tradition. Just attention to the way the world goes by and simple wonder at it, with all of the same questions that force themselves on us raw and fresh and perpetually unsolved in moments of crisis or clarity. An elephant may only have dim intimations of them, but after all, so do we; envisioning a more limited but still searching perspective can renew our appreciation that we too see through a glass darkly.
hile elephants’ exhibition value has brought serious harm to them through the centuries, worse than that is the appeal of an elephant worth more dead than alive. Avocational safari hunters such as Teddy Roosevelt and his friend Henry Fairfield Osborn, major figures in the early conservation movement, loved the elephant in all its wildness and compiled a great deal of information on its behavior and . The very awe of its magnificence and power was what made the elephant such desirable game. The hunter, in tracking and conquering his prey, seeks in some way to seize for himself that glorious force of life the animal displays. The catch is that, as soon as you have shot the animal, that force of life is gone — the instant it is at your touch it has already eluded you, belonging to no one anymore. Famous photographs of Roosevelt towering athwart felled giants exude an eerie combination of tremendous manly pride (generally, the sex that brings life into the world seems content with that primal connection to it, and is less interested in taking it back out) and utter negation; the deanimated lump no longer conveys anything but the material presence of piercing loss. Or, as Poole says of the poached corpses that she finds: “There is something so grand about the life of an elephant, its great size, strength, and age, that in death its loss is equally monumental. To have taken so many years and eaten so many trees, to have become so big; to have roamed the earth as King of Beasts and then to have collapsed in a piece of rotting flesh is tragic and so seemingly wasteful of life.”
Sure that Dinesh Choudhury, the marksman, is a stone-cold mercenary insensate to the dignity of elephants, probably framing some meek hapless creature for crimes it could not really have committed, Hall pompously lectures him about them — only to have his pretensions flattened by this man who loves and understands the (elephants) far better than Hall knew was even possible, and who inducts him into a whole universe of deep feeling and sly intelligence and indeed, moral agency.
At night they stay awake to chase away bad dreams."
"A teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life.
You have only to look at a genuine teddy's face to see at once the loyalty, common sense, and above all, dependability behind it."
"A bear teaches us that if the heart is true, it doesn't matter much if an ear drops off."
"Everything in life I share, except of course my teddy bear!"
"It is most offensive to the kindly bears who've adopted us when we thoughtlessly blurt out some comment about "real" bears, or "alive" bears, as if our very real and lively bear friends weren't."
"Love me Love my Teddy Bear."
"In a world gone bad, a bear - even a bear standing on its head - is a comforting, uncomplicated, dependable hunk of sanity."
"Anyone who has looked a teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look."
"Baths may be lovely for people - adult people that is, but bears are not that keen.
Have the children paint their teddy bears yellow, when they are done painting, hang up pictures to dry or clip them to an indoor clothes hanger rack to let them dry.
"You really don't have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear."
"Teddy bears like to go on morning picnics in the summertime, so they can enjoy the sunshine before it it too hot for their furry selves."
"A teddy bear is your childhood wrapped up in faded yellow fur, and as such, he commands affection long after he is out grown."
"Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth."
"There's no bear like an old bear."
"A bear grows more alive with age.
I still have that teddy bear and it still comforts me the way teddy bears always have. This particular teddy bear, however, has a memory that can never be erased. I believe in teddy bears, sweet, comforting, confidant teddy bears, they can be your best friend when life gets hard or just be there for when you need them.
The experienced bear has seen life through the heart and eyes of a child grown to adulthood and perhaps even accompanied that adult all the way to the end of the road."
"Teddy Bears are like keys .
But if anything does change, it is Mud’s awakening to her place in the society she always felt was bogus — which, true, was not dreamed up in perfection but came to be collaboratively conceived and passed down over time, by other elephants who found in it a way to protect each other both from danger and from despair. Though the essence of the she-ones is memory, the force of life flows forward; and by devotion, fear, necessity, or whatever it takes, that is the direction they must go. If there is a meaning to the whole ordeal, it is that they love each other. For one sure thing about the elephants is that they are deeply capable of love.