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- If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
- Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
- We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.
- Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878), Black Beauty, 1877
- I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
- August Strindberg (1849 - 1912), A Madman's Diary, 1895
- Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.
- Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000), (Snoopy)
- It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
- Eleanor H. Porter (1868 - 1920), Pollyanna, 1912
- If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
- Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )
- 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 (1950 - )
- Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot (1819 - 1880), 'Mr. Gilfil's Love Story,' Scenes of Clerical Life, 1857
- Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.
- Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean
- Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
- Jeff Valdez
- Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.
- Joe Gores
- My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
- Joe Weinstein
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.
- Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949)
- A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)
- On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.
- Peter Steiner, cartoon in The New Yorker, July 5, 1993
- I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
- Rita Rudner
- A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.
- Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)
- I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
- Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.
- Sue Murphy
- Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.