Quotes with animal
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
He realized now that to be afraid of this death he was staring at with animal terror meant to be afraid of life. Fear of dying justified a limitless attachment to what is alive in man. And all those who had not made the gestures necessary to live their lives, all those who feared and exalted impotence—they were afraid of death because of the sanction it gave to a life in which they had not been involved. They had not lived enough, never having lived at all.
A Happy Death (1971)
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.
Man for Himself (1947)
What the chimpanzee has done is to prove there is no hard and fast line dividing us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Once you admit that we’re not the only beings with personalities, minds, capable of thought and emotions, it raises ethical issues about the ways we use and abuse so many other sentient, sapient beings — animal beings — every day.
Quoted in The New York Times article, July 9, 2013.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.
Social Studies (1981)
How it shortens the road to success to make a wise choice of one's occupation early, to be started on the road of a proper career while young, full of hope, while the animal spirits are high, and enthusiasm is vigorous; to feel that every step we take, that every day's work we do, that every blow we strike helps to broaden, deepen, and enrich life!
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
No computer, no gadget, no trickery. I am an animal, it is a plant. I will beat the weed!
One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is when the child who kills or tortures an animal is not caught, or if caught is not punished.
How shall we allow ourselves to be moved to pity if not by transporting us out of ourselves and identifying ourselves with the suffering animal.
Emile, Book IV
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,for it trains people as to how they shall think
The struggle [for animal liberation] is a struggle as important as any of the moral and social issues that have been fought over in recent years.
Man is a Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute.
"The Lowest Animal," 1897
By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a "noble" animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes; whereas, if you shamefully misuse a cat once she will always maintain a dignified reserve toward you afterward -- you will never get her full confidence again.
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody.
The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942)