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

—Gnomologia, 1732

From the oyster to the eagle, from the pig to the tiger, all animals exist in man, and each one of them is in a man. Sometimes even several of them at a time. Animals are nothing else than the figures of our virtues and our vices, straying before our eyes, the visible phantoms of our souls. God shows them to us in order to induce us to reflect.

—Victor Hugo, 1862

Happiness is a warm puppy.

—Charles Schulz, 1971

Of all the creatures that breathe and creep on the surface of the earth, none is more to be pitied than man.

—Homer, c. 750 BC

I hate the sight of monkeys; they remind me so of poor relations.

—Henry Luttrell, 1820

Who hears the fishes when they cry?

—Henry David Thoreau, 1849

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.

—Voltaire, 1769

Life is no way to treat an animal.

—Kurt Vonnegut, 2005

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

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

—Book of Proverbs, c. 500 BC

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

—Alain de Lille, c. 1200

Imitate the ass in his love to his master.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 388

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

—Archilochus, c. 650 BC