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