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"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
"I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long."
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
"To err is human, to forgive, canine"
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
"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!'"
"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."
"The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic."
Henry Ward Beecher
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one"
"Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled"
"Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
"...he will be our friend for always and always and always."
"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude."
"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets."
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
"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.
"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
"If cats could talk, they wouldn't."
"There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats."
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."
Ellen Perry Berkeley
"Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."
"Cats do care. For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off."
"I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days."
"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch."
"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through."
"A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather."
Judith Merkle Riley
"People that don't like cats haven't met the right one yet."
Deborah A. Edwards
"You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense."
"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
"Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o' fur?"
"Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner."
"If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr."
Barbara L. Diamond
"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
Agnes Sligh Turnbull
"My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet."
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."
"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
"If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one."
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
Charles M. Schulz
"To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace."
"If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat."
"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals"
"Dogs have owners, cats have staff."
"Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem."
"There is in all animals a sense of duty that man condescends to call instinct."
"It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens."
Cynthia E. Varnado
"Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives."