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ANIMALS
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For every beast of the forest is mind, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. L, v. 10)

Whenever you observe an animal closely, you feel as if a human being sitting inside were making fun of you.
      - Elias Canetti

A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.
      - Ivy Compton-Burnett, More Women Than Men
         (ch. 4)

Were 't not for my cat and dog, I think I could not live.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
      - James Herriot (f/k/a James Alfred Wright)

A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

I hate a word like "pets": it sounds so much
  Like something with no living of its own.
      - Elizabeth Jennings, My Animals

Animal rights activists gives disillusioned feminists an excuse to go back to being women protecting wee creatures without compromising their radical credentials.
      - Florence King

They rejoice
  Each with their kind, lion with lioness,
    So fitly them in pairs thou hast combined.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 392)

One disadvantage of being a hog is that at any moment some blundering fool may try to make a silk purse out of your wife's ear.
      - J.B. Morton ("Beachcomber"), By the Way

This animal is very malicious; when attacked it defends itself.
  [Fr., Cet animal est tres mechant;
    Quand on l'attaque il se defend.]
      - Old Song, La Menagerie, a song

There is in every animal's eye a dim and gleam of humanity; a flash strange light through which their life looks out and up to, our great mystery of command over them, and the claims the fellowship of the creature if not of the soul.
      - John Ruskin

Let cavillers deny,
  That brutes have reason; sure 'tis something more,
    'Tis heaven directs, and stratagems inspires
      Beyond the short extent of human thought.
      - William C. Somerville

I think I could turn and live with animals,
  they are so placid and self-contain'd,
    I stand and look at them long and long.
      - Walt Whitman

The cattle are grazing,
  Their heads never raising:
    There are forty feeding like one!
      - William Wordsworth, The Cock is Crowing


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