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It is bad to awaken a sleeping dog.
[It., Il fait mal eveiller le chien qu dort.]
- Unattributed Author vol. I, p. 108,
from a 13th century manuscript in Le Roux de Lincy's Collection
When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
- Edward Abbey
Do not disturb the sleeping dog.
[It., Non stuzzicare il can che dorme.]
- Allessandro Allegri, Rime e Prose
He was such a dear little cock-tailed pup.
- Richard Harris Barham, Mr. Peter's Story
Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.
- Dave Barry
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley
Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that a child cannot do much harm one way or another.
- Robert Benchley
Who loves me will love my dog also.
[Fr., Que me amat, amet et canem meum.]
- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo Primus
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 4)
And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should
do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
- Bible, II Kings (ch. VIII, v. 13)
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
- Bible, II Peter (ch. II, v. 22)
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
- Bible, Matthew (ch. XV, v. 27)
The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.
- Ambrose Bierce
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
- Josh Billings (pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw)
A dog wags its tail with its heart.
- Martin Buxbaum
His faithful dog salutes the smiling guest.
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasure of Hope
(pt. I, l. 86)
On the green banks of Shannon, when Sheelah was nigh,
No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I;
No harp like my own could so cheerily play,
And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray.
- Thomas Campbell, The Harper
Mother of dead dogs.
- quoted by Thomas Carlyle, Reminiscences
It is nought good a sleeping hound wake.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
(bk. III, 764)
Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
- Charles Andre Joseph de Gaulle
They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell.
- Emily Dickinson
Our dog died from licking our wedding picture.
- Phyllis Diller
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Dwight David Eisenhower
Old dog Tray's ever faithful;
Grief can not drive him away;
He is gentle, he is kind--
I shall never, never find
A better friend than old dog Tray!
- Stephen Collins Foster, Old Dog Tray
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