All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all
-Cecil Frances, 1848
Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant …
– John Donne
Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their
young when deprived of them; and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess a deep
love for these quiet creatures.
-Thomas de Quincey
Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan, The Horse
Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
– Anatole France
A horse is worth more than riches.
– Spanish Proverb
Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
All goats are mischievous thieves, gate-crashers,
and trespassers. Also they possess individual
character, intelligence, and capacity for affection
which can only be matched by the dog.
–David Mackenzie, Farmer in the Western Isles
I do not think the cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
– Carl Van Vechten
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
– James Herriot
A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
– Indian Proverb
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
– Charles de Gaulle
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.
– Mahatma Gandhi