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Farms and in castles, in homes, studies, and cloisters—where sensible people manage to live relatively lusty and decent lives, as moral as they must be, as free as they may be, and as masterly as they can be. If we only knew it, this elusive arrangement is happiness.
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  • The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog one big one.
  • The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for.
  • It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.
  • Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
  • A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
  • Animals are always loyal and love you, whereas children you never know where you are.
  • The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
  • What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no, nor woman neither, though, by your smiling, you seem to say so.
  • If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
  • A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.
    • Leo Tolstoy in Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence (1886)
  • There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them.

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  • We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful.
  • Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
  • The very fact that the jaguar can become extinct while the Pekingese survives indicates to me that someone hasn't thought this thing through.
  • If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
  • I bought myself a parrot. The parrot talked. But it did not say, "I'm hungry,"... so it died. ~ Mitch Hedberg
  • We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
  • Hot dogs: feeding the hand that bites it.
    • Laurence J. Peter, paraphrased
  • We hope that, when insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on our picnics.
    • Bill Vaughan

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  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A heedless dog will not do for the chase.
  • A lurking dog does not lie in the hyena's lair.
  • Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • He who can not move an ant, and yet tries to move an elephant, shall find out his folly.
  • He who goes with the wolf will learn to howl.
  • His bark is worse than his bite.
  • If the dog is not at home, he barks not.
  • If the fly flies, the frog goes not supperless to bed.
  • If you think dogs can't count, try keeping three cookies in your pocket, and giving your dog only 2.
  • It has just been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
  • The butterfly that brushes against thorns will tear its wings.
  • The elephant does not find his trunk heavy.
  • Were no elephant in the jungle, the buffalo would be a great animal.
  • When the fox dies, fowls do not mourn.
  • When the goat goes abroad, the sheep must run.
  • When the rat laughs at the cat, there is a hole. The rat has not power to call the cat to account. The rat does not go to sleep in the cat's bed.

Spanish proverbs

  • A perro flaco, todos son pulgas.
    • To a skinny dog, all are fleas.
  • En boca cerrada no entran moscas.
    • A closed mouth gathers no flies.
  • Gato escaldado del agua fría huye.
    • The cat that has been scalded flees from cold water.
  • Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando.
    • A bird in the hand is better than a hundred flying birds.
  • Perro ladrador, poco mordedor.
    • A barking dog doesn't bite much.
  • Ser como el perro del hortelano, que ni come las berzas, ni las deja comer al amo.
    • To be like the gardener's dog, who doesn't eat the cabbages, nor lets the master eat them.
  • Si quieres el perro, acepta las pulgas.
    • If you want the dog, accept the fleas.

See also

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