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A dog starved at his master’s gate / Predicts the ruin of the state.

—William Blake, 1807

The fox knows lots of tricks, the hedgehog only one—but it’s a winner.

—Archilochus, c. 650 BC

Every ass thinks himself worthy to stand with the king’s horses.

—Gnomologia, 1732

Animals are good to think with.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1962

How like to us is that filthy beast the ape.

—Cicero, 45 BC

Men, my dear, are very queer animals—a mixture of horse nervousness, ass stubbornness, and camel malice.

—T. H. Huxley, 1895

A bull contents himself with one meadow, and one forest is enough for a thousand elephants; but the little body of a man devours more than all other living creatures.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 64

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it. 

—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1821

What delight can there be, and not rather displeasure, in hearing the barking and howling of dogs? Or what greater pleasure is there to be felt when a dog followeth a hare than when a dog followeth a dog?

—Thomas More, 1516

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals—except the weasel.

—The Simpsons, 1993

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.

—William Hazlitt, 1819

Keep running after a dog, and he will never bite you.

—François Rabelais, 1535

Happiness is a warm puppy.

—Charles Schulz, 1971