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Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Joseph Addison
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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle
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The dog is the god of frolic. Henry Ward Beecher
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new! I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em. Hilaire Belloc
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Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away. Confucius
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Shall we never have done with that cliche, so stupid that it could only be human, about the sympathy of animals for man when he is unhappy? Animals love happiness almost as much as we do. A fit of crying disturbs them, they'll sometimes imitate sobbing, and for a moment they'll reflect our sadness. But they flee unhappiness as they flee fever, and I believe that in the long run they are capable of boycotting it. Colette
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Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Eliot
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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings
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A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and not by a but. John Berger
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The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
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Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal. Winston Churchill
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What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us. Cicero
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A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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Animals often strike us as passionate machines. Eric Hoffer
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Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known to antiquity as to modern times; of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground. Henry David Thoreau
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Nothing walks the earth more savage than a mare enraged. Janet Morris
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The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.
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Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts. D. H. Lawrence
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A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
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If it wasn't for dogs, some people would never go for a walk.
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The elephant, not only the largest but the most intelligent of animals, provides us with an excellent example. It is faithful and tenderly loving to the female of its choice, mating only every third year and then for no more than five days, and so secretly as never to be seen, until, on the sixth day, it appears and goes at once to wash its whole body in the river, unwilling to return to the herd until thus purified. Such good and modest habits are an example to husband and wife. Francis de Sales
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Animals used to provide a lowlife way to kill and get away with it, as they do still, but, more intriguingly, for some people they are an aperture through which wounds drain. The scapegoat of olden times, driven off for the bystanders sins, has become a tender thing, a running injury. There, running away is me: hurt it and you are hurting me. Edward Hoagland
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Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga -- stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts. Edward Hoagland
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Who can guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes? Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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
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The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort. Denis Diderot
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Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there. Henry James
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From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought. Victor Hugo
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Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. Victor Hugo
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Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. Milan Kundera
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I fear animals regard man as a creature of their own kind which has in a highly dangerous fashion lost its healthy animal reason -- as the mad animal, as the laughing animal, as the weeping animal, as the unhappy animal. Friedrich Nietzsche
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The best thing about animals is they don't talk much. Thornton Wilder
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They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago. Walt Whitman
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Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
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A fence should be horse high, hog tight and bull strong.
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The better I know men the more I admire dogs.
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The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. Henry David Thoreau
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I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink. Joe E. Lewis
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Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. Albert Schweitzer
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No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest. Bertrand Russell
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Eagles do not beget Doves.
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The fatter the flea the leaner the dog.
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An eagle does not catch flies.
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Four legs good, two legs bad. George Orwell
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Who loves me loves my dog.
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The cow is of the bovine ilk: One end is moo, the other, milk. Ogden Nash
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