Paws & Ponder

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

Note: Quotes below have been collected from around the Web or submitted by our readers. Sources are given where known. If you have any quotes - about any kind of animal - you would like to share on this page, please email it (or them) to WebMistress@FloridaPets.net.

Quotes About Dogs

"If you don’t have a dog--at least one--there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Histories are more often full of the fidelity of dogs than of friends." - Alexander Pope

"May God's dog always remain at play in the fields of the Lord." - Matt Zuefle

"I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness in Heaven and if it takes my dog being there - I believe he'll be there." - The Rev. Billy Graham

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." - James Thurber

"A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel." - Portuguese Proverb

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

"The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." - Ambrose Bierce

"Amid all form of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us." - Maurice Maeterlinck

"give me furry feet
and a button nose
and may i meet
many of those" - Iman Hadad, FloridaPets.net reader

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise." - Unknown

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." -Charles Doran

"A dog has the soul of a philosopher." - Plato

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them." - Phil Pastoret

"There is no faith which has never been broken except that of a truly faithful dog." - Konrad Lorenz

"The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic." - Henry Ward Beecher

"My heart is made strong with licks, slobbers, barks, and meows." - Patricia Stephens

"Remember that human lovers may come and go....but a dog's love is here to stay." - Marr Nealon

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you have, a dog companion makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

"Love me, love my dog." - Marr Nealon

"This house is maintained for the comfort and security of my dogs. If you cannot handle that, you cannot handle me, so go away." - Unknown *

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring, it was peace." - Milan Kundera

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin

"The love between dog and man is idyllic. It knows no conflicts, no hair-raising scenes; it knows no development." - "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera

"Dogs are us, only innocent." - Cynthia Heimel

"I know love. I had a dog." - Beth Brown

"Old age means realizing you will never have all the dogs you wanted to." - Joe Gores

"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant." - Unknown

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies." - Gene Hill

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." - Aldous Huxley

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves." - August Strindberg

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation." - Fran Lebowitz

"Ever consider what they 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!" - Anne Tyler

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." - Rita Rudner

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends." - Alexander Pope

"Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Astor together could have raised enough money to buy a quarter share in my little dog." - Ernest Thompson Seton

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7 in dog money." - Joe Weinstein

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." - Ann Landers

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." -Dereke Bruce

"Of all the things I miss from veterinary practice, puppy breath is one of the most fond memories! - Dr. Tom Cat

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams

"When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem." - Edward Abbey

"Whoever else thinks you are of little worth - to your dog you are the centre of the universe." - Pam Brown

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does." - Christopher Morley

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." - Bonnie Wilcox

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." - Andrew A. Rooney

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Unknown

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man." - Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane." - Smiley Blanton

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts." -John Steinbeck

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

"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

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy

"The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage." - Danish Proverb

"His name is not wild dog anymore, but first friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always." - Rudyard Kipling

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." - Abraham Lincoln

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." - Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives." - Rita Rudner

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you but he will make a fool of himself too." - Samuel Butler

"If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." - Russian Proverb

"A Brittany pup once chewed a hole in an expensive hunting coat. I scolded him at the time. Now he is 20 years gone, and that patch never fails to bring tears to my eyes." - Aaron Fraser Pass

"A mastiff dog may love a puppy cur for no more reason than that the twain have been tied up together." - Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Queen Mary. Act i. Sc. 4

"Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." - Samuel Johnson, Life of Johnson Vol. ii. Chap. ix. 1763

"The man recovered of the bite, the dog it was that died." - Oliver Goldsmith, Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog

"But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, his faithful dog shall bear him company." - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man. Epistle i. Line 111

"Anyone who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones

"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog." - Kafka

"Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl." - Penny Ward Moser

"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog." - Franz Kafka

"When man is in trouble, God sends him a dog." - Alphonse de Lamartine

"No outfit is complete without a few dog hairs." - Unknown

"Ef yo’ play wid puppy, ee lick yo’ face." - Gullah proverb

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera

"There are three faithful friends--an old wife, an old dog, and ready money." - Benjamin Franklin

"That one true heart was left behind! / What feeling do we ever find / To equal among human kind / A dog's fidelity!" - Thomas Hardy

"The best thing about a man is his dog." - French Proverb

"A dog is all your love. You are meant to be together no matter what. Dogs are made up of love and fur. Dogs are wise agents directly from heaven. There are no bad dogs. Dogs are great therapists. Live your dog's life!" - Mudgirl

"He who lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas." - Benjamin Franklin

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Unknown

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made" - M. Facklam

"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate." - Sigmund Freud

"The reason a dog as so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue." - Anonymous

"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard."- Dave Barry

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." - Aldous Huxley, English Novelist

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets." - Nora Ephron

Quotes About Cats

"Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. Cat have never forgotten this." - Unknown

"Passion for place -- there is no greater urge in feline nature." - Paul Annixter

"Dogs have owners, cats have staff." - Warren Rubin

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

"It is a blessing when an independent spirit like a cat loves you, and it’s a common human failing to underestimate or trivialize such a bond." – Kinky Friedman

"Cats vote with their feet." - Unknown

"The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron." - George Will

"Cat people are different, to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be, with a cat running their lives?" - Louis J.

"In the overall scheme of things, it's of no real importance which way the toilet paper roll is mounted — unless, of course, you have a cat." - Unknown

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." -Dereke Bruce

"Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it." - Unknown

"Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun." - Lloyd Alexander

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." - Wesley Bates

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Collette

"A meow massages the heart." - Stuart McMillan

"A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him." - William Lyon Phelps

"A cat stretches from one end of my childhood to the other." - Blaga Dimitrova

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." - English proverb

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"I think it would be great to be a cat! You come and go as you please. People always feed and pet you. They don't expect much of you. You can play with them, and when you've had enough, you go away. You can pick and choose who you want to be around. You can't ask for more than that." - Patricia McPherson

"No one can have experienced to the fullest the true sense of achievement and satisfaction who have never pursued and successfully caught his tail." - Rosalind Welcher

"Artists like cats, soldiers like dogs." - Desmond Morris

"To please himself only the cat purrs." - Irish Proverb

"To escort a cat on a leash is against the nature of the cat." - Adlai Stevenson

"Work - other people's work - is an intolerable idea to a cat. Can you picture cats herding sheep or agreeing to pull a cart? They will not inconvenience themselves to the slightest degree." - Dr. Louis J. Camuti

"A cat sleeps fat, yet walks thin." - Fred Schwab

"In my experience, cats and beds seem to be a natural combination." - Louis J. Camuti, DVM

"Never hold a dust buster and a cat at the same time." - Kyoya, 9 Advice from Kids

"If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse." - Naomi, 15 Advice from Kids

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God." - Unknown

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln

"There is no 'cat language.' Painful as it is for us to admit, they don't need one!" - Barbara Holland

"A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him." - William Lyon Phelps

"A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution." - Hazel Nicholson

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial American Proverb

"A kitten is a rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom." - Robert Southey

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." - Jeff Valdez

"Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit." - John S. Nichols

"Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it." - Unknown

"A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person." - Mugsy Peabody

"A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatsoever, and generally stopping before it gets there." - Agnes Repplier

"It is a matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave." - Theophile Gautier

"A cat is there when you call her - if she doesn't have something better to do." - Bill Adler

"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur; whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

"Cats know not how to pardon." - Jean de la Fontaine

"Cats do not go for a walk to get somewhere but to explore." - Sidney Denham

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous

"No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me." - Anonymous

"Cats, like men, are flatterers." - William S. Landor

"In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence." - Roseanne Anderson

"Cats don't belong to people. They belong to places." - Wright Morris

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"Even a cat is a lion in her own lair." - Indian Proverb

"Managing senior programmers is like herding cats." - Dave Platt

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this. - Unknown.

"If cats could talk, they wouldn't." - Nan Porter

"Never try to out-stubborn a cat." - Lazarus Long

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur; whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

"People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

Purring is kinda life smiling out loud." - Dennis the Menace

The problem with cats is they get the exact same look on their faces whether they see a moth or an ax murderer." - Paula Poundstone

"You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense." - Jane Pauley

"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function." - Garrison Keillor

A Poem For Cats

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am.....forever and ever and ever.
- Unknown

Quotes About Other Animals

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." - Sir Winston Churchill

"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It frustrates you and only irritates the pig." - Unknown

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses." - Cunningham Graham

"To ride a horse is to ride the sky." - Unknown

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." - Winston Churchill

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." - W.C. Fields

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." - Winston Churchill

"Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse." - Ben Johnson

"When God created the horse he said to the magnificent creature: 'I have made thee as no other. All the treasures of the earth lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thou fly without wings and conquer without any sword. Oh, horse.'" - The Qu'ran (Koran)

"Cows are amongst 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 DeQuincey

"To the dolphin alone, nature has given that which the best philosophers seek: Friendship for no advantage. Though it has no need of help from any man, it is a genial friend to all and has helped mankind." - Plutarch

"If I spent enough time with the tiniest creatures -
even a caterpillar -
I would never have to prepare a sermon,
So full of God is every creature." - Meister Eckhart

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