‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened’ ~ Anatole France.
'Love Me, Love My Dog' ~ Frederick Morgan
‘The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude’ ~ Robert Brault.
‘Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms’ ~ George Eliot.
'Cottage Girl with Dog and Pitcher' ~ Thomas Gainsborough
‘I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the ‘lower animals’ (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me’ ~ Mark Twain, ‘Letters from the Earth’ (1907).
'Whistlejacket' ~ George Stubbs
‘Animals speak more wisely with their eyes than people do with their mouths’ ~ Ludovic Halévy.
‘Even the smallest feline is a masterpiece’ ~ Leonardo da Vinci.
da Vinci's drawings of cats, dragons and other animals
‘I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals’ ~ Winston Churchill.
‘Animals have these advantages over man; they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills’ ~ Voltaire in a letter to Count Schomberg 1769.
'Bay horse and white dog' ~ George Stubbs
‘Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire’ ~ Robert Brault.
‘I subscribe to the theory that Mankind never domesticated any animal. They came in from the cold and looked cute until they were fed’ ~ David Beard.
'Miss Ann White's Kitten' ~ George Stubbs