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No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
--Christopher Morley

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. For me they are the role model for being alive.
--Gilda Radner

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.
--Franz Kafka

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
--Robert Benchley

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
--Leonardo Da Vinci

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.
--Anonymous

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
--Hippolyte Taine Beth

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
--Aesop

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
--Henry David Thoreau

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
--Henry Van Dyke

The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!
--John Burroughs

I realized that if I had to make a choice, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
--Charles Lindbergh

Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.
--Bernard Meltzer

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
--Edward Hersey Richards

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
--Maya Angelou

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
--Colette

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
--Anonymous

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
--Ben Williams

When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they're not people.
--Julia Glass

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

I used to look at Smokey and think, "If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking," and he'd look at me like he was saying, "If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to".
--Fred Jungclaus

No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.
--Fran Lebowitz

While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly plain that he understands it. And he uses his ears, tail, eyebrows, various rumbles and grunts, the slant of his great cold nose or a succession of heartrending sighs to get his meaning across.
--Jean Little

It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do.
--Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna

Many dogs can understand almost every word humans say, while humans seldom learn to recognize more than half a dozen barks, if that. And barks are only a small part of the dog language. A wagging tail can mean so many things. Humans know that it means a dog is pleased, but not what a dog is saying about his pleasedness. (Really, it is very clever of humans to understand a wagging tail at all, as they have no tails of their own.)
--Dodie Smitih, 101 Dalmatians

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
--Henry Beston

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

A meow massages the heart.
--Stuart McMillan

I'm pretty sure that animals can talk. They just don't want to ruin a good thing. We feed them and pet them and scooper their poopers. They repay us by lying in sun spots and napping. Animals are too smart to rock the boat. If they started talking we'd be obliged to invite them to staff meetings adn put them on task forces and generally ruin their idyllic lives. If I were a talking animal I wouldn't say a thing. That's for sure.
--Scott Adams (Dogbert)

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