"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That's the problem."
"I guess cows aren't into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them."
"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons."
"Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills."
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
"It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being."
Henry David Thoreau
"I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me."
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
"A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself."
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'"
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives."
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too."
"The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic."
Henry Ward Beecher
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
"To err is human, to forgive, canine"
"To err is human, to purr, feline"
"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
"No heaven will not ever Heaven be unless my cats are there to welcome me."
"If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people."
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
Andrew A. Rooney
"The dog represents all that is best in man."
"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to."
Alfred A. Montapert
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!"
"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."
"Dogs have owners, cats have staff."
"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."
"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because you lap is warmer."
Alfred North Whitehead
"When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her."
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
"Never try and teach a pig to sing: it's a waste of time, and it annoys the pig."
Robert A. Heinlein
"A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character."
"There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before."
"A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg."
"Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs."
P. J. O'Rourke
"You're a good example of why some animals eat their young."
"I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers."