Every creature in the world is like a book and a picture, to us, and a mirror.

—Alain de Lille, c. 1200

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.

—Alexander Pope, 1709

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.

—Anna Sewell, 1877

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

—Archilochus, c. 650 BC

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. 

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

A good dog, sir, deserves a good bone.

—Ben Jonson, 1633

Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 500 BC

It is remarkable that only small birds properly sing.

—Charles Darwin, 1871

Happiness is a warm puppy.

—Charles Schulz, 1971

How like to us is that filthy beast the ape.

—Cicero, 45 BC

Animals are good to think with.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1962

Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.

—D.H. Lawrence, 1911