Animal Quotes

The collection of animal quotes on this page offers insight on the positive impact animals have on our lives. As an animal lover, I love reading stories about animals. I also enjoy reading what others have to say about animals and the relationship between animals and humans.

So if you too enjoy reading about animals and how they inspire us, you will enjoy the following collection of sayings about creatures big and small.

Whatever you do unto the least of my brothers,
you do it unto me. ~ Matthew 25:40

Quotes about Animals

The following animal quotes come from different sources: famous people, philosophers, and writers, among others.


Life is life--whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage. ~ Sri Aurobindo

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Because he has pity on every living creature, therefore is a man called 'holy'. ~ Buddhism Dhammapada

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~ Martin Buber

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it. ~ Samuel Butler

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. ~ Colette

The cat has nine lives: three for playing, three for straying, three for staying. ~ English Proverb

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

Time spent with cats is never wasted. ~ Sigmund Freud

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. ~ Erich Fromm

Lots of people talk to animals… Not very many listen, though…That's the problem.~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? ~ Rose F. Kennedy

Be a good animal, true to your instincts. ~ D H Lawrence

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

Cats have it all - admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it. Rod McKuen

If people were superior to animals, they'd take better care of the world. ~ A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. ~ John Muir

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. ~ George Orwell

It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked. ~ Haile Selassie

The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. ~ William Shakespeare

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. ~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. ~ Mark Twain

Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. ~ Voltaire

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

Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored. ~ Alice Walker

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much. ~ Thornton Wilder

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long. ~ Walt Whitman

The zoo is a place for animals to study the behaviour of human beings. ~ Author Unknown

Penguins mate for life. That doesn’t surprise me much because they all look alike. It’s not like they’re going to meet a really new, great looking penguin someday. ~ Unknown Author


More animal quotations

Here's a small collection of animal quotes from the publishers of

Animals are wise in their own way.

Wild animals can be more civilized than many a human being.

Birds are earthly angels.

Cats can teach you a lot about patience.

Horses are beauty in motion.

A dog is just a big, furry heart.

Animals deserve our respect.

Wild creatures embody the passion of life.

Kittens and puppies inspire hope and make your day better.

Most animals are quick to forgive.

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