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A good dog, sir, deserves a good bone.

—Ben Jonson, 1633

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

—Archilochus, c. 650 BC

If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

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

In every man is a wild beast; most of them don’t know how to hold it back, and the majority give it full rein when they are not restrained by terror of law.

—Frederick the Great, 1759

Animals are good to think with.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1962

Happiness is a warm puppy.

—Charles Schulz, 1971

Man is a troublesome animal and therefore is not very manageable.

—Plato, c. 349 BC

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

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

—Winston Churchill, 1945

Imitate the ass in his love to his master.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 388

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