Some favourite quotes about animals

If you’re thinking of commissioning a pet portrait then you’re clearly an animal lover….here are some quotes you might enjoy.

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“Animals generally return the love you lavish on them by a swift bite in passing – not unlike friends and wives” – Gerald Durrell
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being” – Abraham Lincoln
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans” – James Herriot

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty” – Albert Einstein
“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long” – Walt Whitman
“All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it” – Samuel Butler
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” – George Elliot
“The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much” – Thornton Wilder

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem” – Benjamin Hoff,
‘The Tao of Pooh’

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle
“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
“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked”– Haile Selassie
“If a man aspires to a righteous life, his first act of abstinence if from injury to animals” – Leo Tolstoy
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals” – Immanuel Kant
“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
“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things” –  George Carlin

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