Animals Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old animals quotes, animals sayings, and animals proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Animals are like little angels sent to earth to teach us how to love. They don't get angry or play silly games. They are always there for us. Whitney Mandel
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. Martin Buber
Animals are not property or "things" but rather living organisms, subjects of a life, who are worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support. Marc Bekoff
Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. Catholic Church
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France
Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies. Mark Twain
Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 ft/sec, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter. Dave Barry
All animals are equal but some are more equal than others. George Orwell
Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Eliot
Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that. Ronnie Snow
I love things made out of animals. It's just so funny to think of someone saying, 'I need a letter opener. I guess I'll have to kill a deer. David Sedaris
Lots of people talk to animals.. Not very many listen, though.. That's the problem. Benjamin Hoff
Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
If we're not supposed to eat animals, how come they're made out of meat? Tom Snyder
It quickly became obvious to us that not only the animals in the wild had a problem, but so did the animals in captivity. Tippi Hedren
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. Alfred A. Montapert
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock. Aristotle
I like animals because they are not consciously cruel and don't betray each other. Taylor Caldwell
Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children. Michael Morpurgo
Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed. Aristotle
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. Andrew A. Rooney
In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat. Warren Eckstein
Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that's why we get along. Charles Bukowski
Woman and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A. Heinlein
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man. Mark Twain
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
When we love an animal as our family, we begin to understand animals are our family. Anthony Douglas Williams
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Josh Billings
The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen. Alice Walker
We have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us. Anthony Douglas Williams
Animals should not require our permission to live on earth. Animals were given the right to be here long before we arrived. Anthony Douglas Williams
When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul. Anthony Douglas Williams
A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. Ian Fleming
Animals are always loyal and love you, whereas children you never know where you are. Christina Foyle
There are two things for which animals are to be envied: they know nothing of future evils, or of what people say about them. Voltaire
Four legs good, two legs bad. George Orwell
Animals when in company walk in a proper and sensible manner, in single file, instead of sprawling all across the road and being of no use or support to each other in case of sudden trouble or danger. Kenneth Grahame
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Joseph Addison
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. Arthur Schopenhauer
The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer? Jeremy Bentham
I don't hold animals superior or even equal to humans. The whole case for behaving decently to animals rests on the fact that we are the superior species. We are the species uniquely capable of imagination, rationality, and moral choice - and that is precisely why we are under an obligation to recognize and respect the rights of animals. Brigid Brophy
Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other. Louis J. Camuti
The wild, cruel animal is not behind the bars of a cage. He is in front of it. Axel Munthe
Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality. Dalai Lama
It's sad. That's a living creature. We don't have the right to take their life away for fashion. Carmen Electra
Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. Michael Fox
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. James A. Froude
People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory. Richard Gere
Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. Paul Harvey
Vegans do not eat or use anything that comes from an animal. Robert Cheeke
Avoiding the use of animal products and animal byproducts and standing up for something meaningful is a great way to approach life. Robert Cheeke
Eating plants rather than animals is a more long term, sustainable solution solution for our planet. Robert Cheeke
There is no better way to come to understand and appreciate the richness of animal behavior than to watch animals. Marc Bekoff
A prey animal that tried to befriend a predator species would quickly become dinnner. Clive D. L. Wynne
A predator animal that made friends with a prey species would soon starve to death. Clive D. L. Wynne
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast - Proverbs 12,10 Holy Bible
The duty and kindness to animals should be thoroughly impressed upon the pupils of every school in the land. New York Public Library
It is believed that there is no better way to do this than to present to the pupils the noble deeds of animals in true stories. New York Public Library
If children at school can be made to understand how it is just and noble to be humane even to what we term inferior animals, it will do much to give them a higher character and tone through life. John Bright
There is nothing meaner than barbarous and cruel treatment of the dumb creatures who can not answer or resent the misery which is so often needlessly inflicted upon them. John Bright
If you do not realize the state of the ant under your foot, know that iot resembles your condition under the foot of an elephant. Persian Proverb
Animals don't have purely behavioral needs, and if an animal expresses a normal behavior in an abnormal envirorment, its welfare may be poor. Temple Grandin
The horse is an animal that survives in the wild by fleeing annd kicking at predators that are attacking it. Temple Grandin
You can always reason with a barnyard animal too for all the good it does. P.J. O'Rourke
A family is a unit composed not only of children, but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. Ogden Nash
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler
Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends. George Bernard Shaw
Animal Farm the function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Norman Mailer
Anyone who says that life matters less to animals than it does to us has not held in his hands an animal fighting for its life. J. M. Coetzee
The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight, without reserve. J. M. Coetzee
People's attitudes toward and acceptance of animal abuse may vary depending on their culture, the species of animal and the animal's intended use. Catherine Tiplady
There's no doubt that our animals are good to us, but sometimes we need to be reminded about how to treat them. Sylvia Browne
Animals never create wars, and wild animals only kill to survive. Sylvia Browne
According to the Bible, man has been given dominion over all living things. Sylvia Browne
The good owners treat their pets kindly and give them varying amounts of attention and love and may oor may not consider them to be part of the family. Sylvia Browne
In ancient Egypt dogs and cats were buried in tombs with their owners. Sylvia Browne
We can't look down on animals without also looking down on those aspects of our nature that we have in common with them. Linda Bender
Because we think about the future more than animals do, we are better than they are at foreseeing consequences. So it is ironic that when animal species become endangered, it is almost always the unforeseen result of human activity. Linda Bender
Animal rights is a practical pursuit applying morality to everyday situations. Ben Isacat
Animal rights is advocating rights for animals. Ben Isacat
Animal rights concentrates on sentient animals. Ben Isacat
Lot of animals living in captivity don't mate successfully because there's something wrong with their living conditions that stops them from acting naturally. Temple Grandin
Animals don't have purely behavioral needs, and if an animal expresses a normal behavior in an abnormal environment, its welfare may be poor. Temple Grandin
All animals and people have the same core emotion system in the brain. When people are suffering mentally, they want to feel better-they want to stop having bad emotions and start having a good emotions. That's the right goal with animals, too. Temple Grandin
We should assume that some captive animals feel frustrated being locked up inside. Many captive animals try to escape as soon as they have an opportunity. Temple Grandin
Humans are so lucky to have so many other animals as our friends. Marc Bekoff
We need to develop and to live an ethic of caring and sharing so that all animals are respected for the individuals they are. Marc Bekoff
No animal must ever tyrannies over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal. George Orwell
All animals and people have the same core emotion system in the brain. When people are suffering mentally, then want to feel better and that's the same with animals, too. Temple Grandin