Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
Like him in Aesop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
In 1968, I became vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry, and unhappy like we do….It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
Business is never so good and sound and healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets.
Ford Ideals (1922). The book was comprised of a selection from "Mr. Ford's Page" in The Dearborn Independent.
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason.
A man may well bring a horse to the water, But he cannot make him drink without he will.
It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair. But when dogs shame the gray head and gray chin and nakedness of an old man killed, it is the most piteous thing that happens among wretched mortals.
Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you.
Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.
No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.
Apparently Lincoln had a dog named Fido and several cats.
No computer, no gadget, no trickery. I am an animal, it is a plant. I will beat the weed!
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
Quoted in Time magazine, October 31, 1977
Histories are more full of the examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
The most important difference between business and academia is this: In business everything is dog eat dog. In academia it’s just the reverse.
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.
"Let a sleeping dog lie." It is a poor old maxim, & nothing in it: anybody can do it, you don't have to employ a dog.
Written in copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Margery Clinton, August 18, 1908
The old saw says -- "let a sleeping dog lie." Experience knows better; experience says, If you want to convince do it yourself.
Written in Clara Clemens's copy of The Gilded Age
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.
Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.
Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period.
We are selfish, base animals crawling across the earth, but 'cause we've got brains, if we try really hard, we can usually aspire to something that is less than pure evil.
House, One Day, One Room. By Dr. Gregory House.
If her DNA was off by one percentage point, she'd be a dolphin.
House, Autopsy. By Dr. Gregory House.
Did you know that relative to its size, the barnacle has the largest penis of any animal?
House, All In. By Dr. Gregory House.
On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.
Caption for Peter Steiner's cartoon, as published in The New Yorker (July 5, 1993)
It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.