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Definition of Tortoise


  1. Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order Testudinata.
  2. Same as Testudo, 2.
  3. having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; -- used mostly to describe cats of that color.
  4. a tortoise-shell cat.

Tortoise Quotations

The slow philosophy is not about doing everything in tortoise mode. It's less about the speed and more about investing the right amount of time and attention in the problem so you solve it.
Carl Honore

May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.
Jonathan Carroll

In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
Anita Brookner

There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel; there is only one home to the life of a tortoise; there is only one shell to the soul of man: there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter?
Wole Soyinka

Now I'm no biologist, but it seems to make a lot of sense that slow lives, as well as being enjoyable, are long lives. One only has to think of the example of the tortoise for proof of this theory from the animal world.
Tom Hodgkinson
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Tortoise Translations

tortoise in Afrikaans is skilpad
tortoise in Dutch is schildpad
tortoise in French is tortue
tortoise in Italian is tartaruga
tortoise in Portuguese is tartaruga
tortoise in Spanish is tortuga
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