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Alas! We are ridiculous animals.

—Horace Walpole, 1777

Cows are among the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them—and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.

—Thomas De Quincey, 1821

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

—Book of Proverbs, c. 500 BC

Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.

—D.H. Lawrence, 1911

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes and pompous in the grave.

—Thomas Browne, 1658

One of the animals which a generous and sociable man would soonest become is a dog. A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character; he can enjoy equally the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow.

—Leigh Hunt, 1834

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

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

A good dog, sir, deserves a good bone.

—Ben Jonson, 1633

Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

—George Eliot, 1857

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

Life is no way to treat an animal.

—Kurt Vonnegut, 2005

Imitate the ass in his love to his master.

—St. John Chrysostom, c. 388