Animals Quotes

Quotes about animals.

  • 1 Sourced
  • 2 Unsourced
  • 3 Anonymous
    o 3.1 Spanish proverbs
  • 4 See also


    Organized alphabetically by author.

  • The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog on big one.
    o Archilochus, In Plutarch Moralia

  • 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.
    o Will Cuppy, How to Become Extinct, 1941.

  • 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.
    o Albert Einstein, (Letter to Vegetarian Watch-Tower (27 December 1930)

  • Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
    o George Eliot, Scences of a Clerical Life (1858)

  • A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
    o Ian Fleming, The Sunday Times (1966)

  • Animals are always loyal and love you, whereas children you never know where you are.
    o Christina Foyle, The Times (1993)

  • 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.
    o George Orwell in Animal Farm

  • Four legs good, two legs bad.
    o Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • All animals are equal — but some animals are more equal than others.
    o George Orwell in Animal Farm

  • 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.
    o William Shakespeare in Hamlet

  • If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
    o Leo Tolstoy in The First Step

  • 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.
    o 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.
    o Voltaire, Letter (1739)


  • 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.
    o Aristotle

  • The very fact that the jaguar can become extinct while the Pekingese survives indicates to me that someone hasn’t thought this thing through.
    o A. Whitney Brown

  • If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
    o Will Cuppy

  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
    o Albert Einstein

  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    o Mahatma Gandhi

  • I bought myself a parrot. The parrot talked. But it did not say, “I’m hungry,”… so it died. ~ Mitch Hedberg
  • Dogs are forever in the push-up position.
    o Mitch Hedberg

  • I’d hate to be a giraffe with a sore throat. ~ 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.
    o William Ralph Inge

  • Hot dogs: feeding the hand that bites it.
    o 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.
    o Bill Vaughan


  • 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.
  • A zebra is a light-colored animal with dark stripes, not a dark one with light stripes. — American Museum of Natural History
    o from Encarta Online, featured in Newsweek on December 30, 1957.

  • Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
    o Also a Spanish proverb: A caballo regalado no le mires el dentado.

  • 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.
    o To a skinny dog, all are fleas.

  • En boca cerrada no entran moscas.
    o A closed mouth gathers no flies.

  • Gato escaldado del agua fría huye.
    o The cat that has been scalded flees from cold water.

  • Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando.
    o A bird in the hand is better than a hundred flying birds.

  • Perro ladrador, poco mordedor.
    o A barking dog doesn’t bite much.

  • Ser como el perro del hortelano, que ni come las berzas, ni las deja comer al amo.
    o 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.
    o If you want the dog, accept the fleas.

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