"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!"
"No heaven will not ever Heaven be;
Unless my cats are there to welcome me."
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
"My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet."
"I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long."
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
"A dog maybe a man's best friend but a horse made history..."
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in?
I think that is how dogs spend their lives."
"To err is human, to forgive, canine"
"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.
Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem.
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.
I guess cows aren't into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.
Henry David Thoreau
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the "lower animals" (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe
To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature, "human" might be the greater insult.