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Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
- - -Samuel Butler

I will neither yield to the song of the siren nor the voice of the hyena, the tears of the crocodile nor the howling of the wolf.
- - - George Chapman

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
- - - Victor Hugo

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
- - - William Ralph (Dean) Inge

Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing
- - - Christina Georgina Rossetti "Hurt No Living Thing"

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
- - - Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
- - - Anne Tyler "The Accidental Tourist"

Animals have these advantages over man:
they never hear the clock strike,
they die without any idea of death,
they have no theologians to instruct them,
their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies,
their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
- - - - Voltaire


The sun was set; the night came on apace,
And falling dews bewet around the place;
The bat takes airy rounds on leathern wings,
And the hoarse owl his woeful dirges sings.
- - - - John Gay "Shepherd's Week--Wednesday; or, The Dumps"

On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
- - - - William Shakespeare "The Tempest"


The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
- - - Maya Angelou "Caged Bird, Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?"

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for faith is necessary to have wings.
- - - James M. Barrie

The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.
- - - John Berry

A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
- - - Bible Ecclesiastes.-Chap. X. Verse 20

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
- - - Eric Berne

A robin red breast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.
- - - William Blake "Auguries of Innocence"

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
- - - William Blake

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- - - Miguel de Cervantes

A Bird came down the Walk-
He did not know I saw-
He bit an Angleworm in halves
- - - Emily Dickinson "A Bird came down the Walk"

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
- - - e e cummings

Morning has broken like the first morning,
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing, fresh from the Word!
- - - Eleanor Farjeon "Morning Has Broken"

If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
- - - William Faulkner

A bird half wakened in the lunar noon
Sang halfway through its little inborn tune.
- - - Robert Frost "On a Bird Singing in Its Sleep"

The bird has an honor that man does not have. Man lives in the traps of his abdicated laws and traditions; but the birds live according to the natural law of God who causes the earth to turn around the sun.
- - - Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet"

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held to his middle-aged breast.
- - - Herbert Gold, about Sherwood Anderson

When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
- - - Ernest Hemingway "Fathers and Sons"

We never miss the music until the sweet voiced bird has flown.
- - - O. Henry

A feather in the hand is better than a bird in the air.
- - - George Herbert

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.
- - - Victor Hugo

Different people have different duties assigned to them by Nature; Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, and the other that. Each bird must sing with his own throat.
- - - Henrik Ibsen "A Doll's House," "Ghosts"

People expect the clergy to have the grace of a swan, the friendliness of a sparrow, the strength of an eagle and the night hours of an owl—and some people expect such a bird to live on the food of a canary.
- - - Edward Jeffrey, British clergyman

If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
- - - Nikita Khrushchev

I never saw a wild thing
Sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead
From a bough
Without ever having felt sorry for itself.
- - - D. H. Lawrence

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
- - - Harper Lee "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Even when the bird walks we see that he has wings.
- - - Lemoine

What bird so sings, yet so does wail?
O, 'tis the ravished nightingale!
"Jug, jug, jug, jug, tereu," she cries,
And still her woes at midnight rise.
Brave prick-song! who is't now we hear?
None but the lark so shrill and clear;
- - - John Lyly

In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.
- - - Robert Lynd

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week,
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
- - - Dixon Merritt "The Pelican"

Sweet bird, that shunn'st the noise of folly,
Most musical, most melancholy!
- - - John Milton "Il Penseroso"

The bird let loose in Eastern skies,
Returning fondly home,
Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies
Where idle warblers roam;
But high she shoots through air and light,
Above all low delay,
Where nothing earthly bounds her flight,
Nor shadow dims her way.
- - - Thomas Moore "Oh that I had Wings"

Sing on, sing on, blithe bird! and fill my heart with summer gladness;
It has been aching many a day with measures full of sadness!
- - - William Motherwell "Sing On, Blithe Bird"

And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.
- - - Friedrich Nietzsche

I heard a bird at break of day
Sing from the autumn trees
A song so mystical and calm,
So full of certainties.
- - - William Alexander Percy "Overtones"

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."
- - - Edgar Allan Poe "The Raven"

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.
- - - William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet"

The lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate.
- - - William Shakespeare "Sonnet 29"

. . . A widow bird sat mourning for her love
Upon a wintry bough;
The frozen wind crept on above,
The freezing stream below.

- - - Percy Bysshe Shelley "Charles the First"

At evening casual flocks of pigeons make
Ambiguous undulations as they sink
Downward to darkness, on extended wings.
- - - Wallace Stevens "Sunday Morning"

The bluebird carries the sky on its back.
- - - Henry David Thoreau

What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen.
- - - Alice B Toklas

The cuckoo is a lazy bird,
She never builds a nest,
She makes herself busy
By singing to the rest.
- - - Unknown "Oxford Nursery Rhyme"

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
- - - Henry Van Dyke

Lone eagles, soaring in the clouds, fly with silent, peaceful poise,
While turkeys, in their earth-bound crowds, fill the atmosphere with noise.
- - - William Arthur Ward

When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.
- - - Bill Watterson "Calvin and Hobbes"

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.
- - - John Webster

Avoid the reeking herd,
Shun the polluted flock,
Live like that stoic bird,
The eagle of the rock.
- - -Elinor Wylie "The Eagle and the Mole"


Cats names are more for human benefit. They give one a certain degree more confidence that the animal belongs to you.
- - - Alan Ayckbourn "Table Manners"

Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives.
- - - Stephen Baker

Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner.
- - - Stephen Baker

Drowsing, they take the noble attitude of a great sphinx, who, in a desert land, sleeps always, dreaming dreams that have no end.
- - - Charles Baudelaire "The Cat"

Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock.
- - - Louise A. Belcher

Cat: a soft indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
- - - Ambrose Bierce

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you.
- - - Mary Bly

The real measure of a day's heat is the length of a sleeping cat.
- - - Charles J. Brady

A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.
- - - Arthur Bridges

A cat's rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.
- - - William S. Burroughs

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
- - - William S. Burroughs

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing.
- - - William S. Burroughs

Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously.
- - - Dr Louis J. Camuti

Your rat tail is all the fashion now. I prefer a bushy plume, carried straight up. You are Siamese and your ancestors lived in trees. Mine lived in palaces. It has been suggested to me that I am a bit of a snob. How true! I prefer to be.
- - - Raymond Chandler
( letter, Christmas 1948, from Chandler’s cat Taki to Mike Gibbud, Esq., “A Siamese Cat of imperfect blood line.”)

I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
- - - Jean Cocteau

There are no ordinary cats.
- - - Colette

A Poet's Cat, sedate and grave
As poet well could wish to have,
Was much addicted to inquire
For nooks to which she might retire,
And where, secure as mouse in chink,
She might repose, or sit and think.
- - - William Cowper

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days.
- - - Bill Dana (William Szathmary)

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- - - Robertson Davies

Cat-lovers will no doubt point out that the elegance and dignity of cats are the consequence of their sojourn in the temples of the gods, where their attitudes and movements were regarded as divine prognostications. Be that as it may, it is obvious that the cat's wealth of expressions make it an ideal candidate for such a role. Unlike the dog, which either wags its tail or does not wag its tail, the cat possesses a wide range of means to convey its emotions: It arches its back, makes its fur stand on end, meows, rubs itself against furniture and against humans, purrs, lashes its tail, spits, and hisses. The priests of Bacht, therefore, had ample material for interpretation.
- - - Philippe Diolé, French biologist. "At the Service of the Heart"

Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
- - - Missy Dizick

Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.
- - - T. S. Eliot

When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it until the wind changes.
- - - T. S. Eliot

Cats sleep
Any table,
Any chair,
Top of piano,
In the midle,
On the edge,
Open drawer,
Empty shoe,
Lap will do,
Fitted in a
Cardboard box,
In the cupboard
With your frocks-
They don't care!
Cats sleep
- - - Eleanor Farjeon

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
- - - W. C. Fields

The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.
- - - Sidonie Gabrielle

The cat is a dilettante in fur.
- - - Theophile Gautier

Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.
- - - Paul Gray

What's virtue in a man can't be virtue in a cat.
- - - Gail Hamilton

A feather kitty's talent lies
In scratching out the other's eyes.
A feather kitty never dies
Oh immortality.
- - - Ernest Hemmingway, written in 1942, for his cat, F. Puss

Cat: A pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs and patronizes human beings.
- - - Oliver Herford

Some people say man is the most dangerous animal on the planet. Obviously those people have never met an angry cat.
- - - Lillian Johnson

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
- - - Garrison Keillor

If cats could talk, they would lie to you.
- - - Rob Kopack

The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.
- - - Doug Larson

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
- - - Doris Lessing "Particularly Cats"

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
- - - Abraham Lincoln

I purr and your blues fade away.
I snuggle close and a frown turns to a smile.
I play chase and your world fills with laughter.
And in return, all I ask, is two meals a day...
...and all your love.
- - - Stuart and Linda Macfarlane

I gave my cat a bath the other day ... they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, it was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that . . .
- - - Steve Martin

There has never been a cat
Who couldn't calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair
- - - Rod McKuen

Cats are the natural companions of intellectuals. They are silent watchers of dreams, inspiration and patient research.
- - - Dr. Fernand Mery, The Life, History and Magic of the Cat

When the tea is brought at five o'clock
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.
- - - Harold Monro "Milk for the Cat"

When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime for her more than she is to me?
- - - Michel deMontaigne

Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been?
I've been to London to look at the Queen.
Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under the chair.
- - - Mother Goose

The trouble with a kitten is that...
It becomes a cat!
- - - Ogden Nash

Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have. Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy....Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it. In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it's often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.
- - - P. J. O'Rourke

A cat pours his body on the floor like water.
- - - William Lyon Phelps

The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer.
- - - Paula Poundstone

People who wish to salute the free and independent side of their evolutionary character acquire cats. People who wish to pay homage to their servile and salivating roots own dogs.
- - - Anna Quindlen

People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.
- - - Faith Resnick

Cats are a waste of fur.
- - - Rita Rudner

When the cat's away, chances are he's been run over.
- - - Michael Sanders

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.
- - - Albert Schweitzer

One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it's affection, the taste, or a trial run for the jugular.
- - - Helen Thomson

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
- - - Mark Twain

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
- - - Jeff Valdez

It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.
- - - Cynthia E. Varnado

A dog is a man's best friend. A cat is a cat's best friend.
- - - Robert J. Vogel

Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.
- - - John Weitz

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


To my mind, the only possible pet is a cow. Cows love you . . . They will listen to your problems and never ask a thing in return. They will be your friends forever. And when you get tired of them, you can kill and eat them. Perfect.
- - - Bill Bryson "Neither Here Nor There"

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!
- - - Gelett Burgess

"Moo" may represent an idea, but only the cow knows.
- - - Mason Cooley "City Aphorisms"

Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
- - - Abbie Hoffman

Have you listened still on a desert hill
At the close of a bitter day,
When the orange sun in wispy clouds
Has sat in a greenish haze?
In a cold white world the deepening drifts
That would cover the land like a pall,
Then the plaintive bawl of a hungry cow,
Is the loneliest sound of all.
- - - Vern Mortenson

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might
To eat with apple-tart.
- - - Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child's Garden of Verses "The Cow"

The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising:
There are forty feeding like one!
- - - William Wordsworth


When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
- - - Edward Abbet

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.
- - - Henry Ward Beecher "Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit"

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- - - Robert Benchley

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
- - - Josh Billings

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
- - - Samuel Butler

On the green banks of Shannon, when Sheelah was nigh,
No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I;
No harp like my own could so cheerily play,
And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray.
- - - Thomas Campbell "The Harper"

Every dog has his day.
- - - Miguel de Cervantes

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- - - Dwight D. Eisenhower

The dog is mentioned in the Bible eighteen times -- the cat not even once.
- - - W. E. Farbstein

The silent dog is the first to bite.
- - - German Proverb

You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, "What's in it for me?"
- - - Lewis Grizzard

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
- - - Edward Hoagland "Dogs and the Tug of Life"

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
- - - Aldous Huxley

Pet a dog where he can't scratch and he'll always be your friend.
- - - Orville Mars

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- - - Groucho Marx

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does.
- - - Christopher Morley

Dogs display reluctance and wrath
If you try to give them a bath
They bury bones in hideaways
And half the time they trot sideaways.
- - - Ogden Nash

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
- - - Ogden Nash

Thus every dog at last will have his day -
He who this morning smiled, at night may sorrow;
The grub today's a butterfly tomorrow.
- - - Peter Pindar

I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
- - - Alexander Pope

It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?
- - - Eleanor H. Porter "Pollyanna" 1912

The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.
- - - Jeanne-Marie Roland

If dogs could talk it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.
- - - Andy Rooney

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- - - Andy Rooney

Thou callest me a dog before thou hast cause.
But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
- - - William Shakespeare "The Merchant of Venice"

That indefatigable and unsavory engine of pollution, the dog.
- - - John Sparrow

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
- - - August Strindberg

The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged a dog down to his.
- - - James Thurber

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
- - - Harry S Truman

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.
- - - Mark Twain

My little old dog:
A heart-beat at my feet.
- - - Edith Wharton

Bark: This is a sound made by dogs when excited. Dogs bark at milkmen, postmen, yourself, visitors to the house and other dogs; some of them bark at nothing. For some reason dogs tend not to bark at burglars, bailiffs and income tax collectors, at whom they way their tails in the most friendly manner.
- - - Geoffrey Williams


When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.
- - - Gilbert Keith Chesterton "The Donkey"


If the lion and dragon fight, they will both die.
- - - Tadashi Adachi, President, Chamber of Commerce of Japan

Dragons beget dragons, and phoenixes, phoenixes; and the offspring of mice will know how to chew holes.
- - - Chinese proverb

With money you’re a dragon; without it you’re a worm.
- - - Chinese proverb

You hail from Dream-land, Dragon-fly?
A stranger hither? So am I,
And (sooth to say) I wonder why
We either of us came!
- - - Agnes M. F. R. Darmesteter "To a Dragon-fly"

I think mice
Are rather nice.

Their tails are long,
Their faces small,
They haven’t any
Chins at all.
- - - Rose Fyleman

I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.
- - - James Kavanaugh "Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights"

O to be a dragon
a symbol of the power of Heaven -- of silkworm
size or immense; at times invisible. Felicitous phenomenon!
- - - Marianne Moore "O To Be a Dragon"

Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon,
And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.
- - - Ogden Nash "The Tale of Custard the Dragon"

He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.
- - - Friedrich Nietzsche

Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
- - - William Shakespeare "King Lear "

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
- - - J. R. R. Tolkein

The knight slew the dragon,
The lady was gay,
They rode on together,
Away, away.
- - - Unknown. "Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book "

A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys
Painted wings and giants's rings make way for other toys.
- - - Peter Yarrow and Leonard Tipton, "Puff the Magic Dragon"


When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
- - - Richard Cardinal Cushing


Houston, Tranquility Base here. The eagle has landed.
- - - Buzz Aldrin

So the struck eagle, stretch'd upon the plain,
No more through rolling clouds to soar again,
View'd his own feather on the fatal dart,
And wing'd the shaft that quiver'd in his heart.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers"

When you soar like an eagle, you attract the hunters.
- - - Milton S Gould

Avoid the reeking herd,
Shun the polluted flock,
Live like that stoic bird
The eagle of the rock
- - - Elinor Wylie "The Eagle and the Mole"


Many foxes grow gray, but few grow good.
- - - Benjamin Franklin

A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.
- - - Ruth Weston


We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
- - - Tennessee Williams "Camino Real"


All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
- - - Louis Armstrong

Competitions are for horses, not artists.
- - - Bela Bartok

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death.
- - - Bible: New Testament St. John the Divine, in Revelation, 6:8.

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You can’t have one without the other.
- - - Sammy Cahn

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.
- - - King Charles V

A good horse will never return to graze on grass it has already passed by.
- - - Chinese proverb

A canter is the cure for every evil.
- - - Benjamin Disraeli "The Young Duke"

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
- - - W. C. Fields

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
- - - Ian Fleming

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;
being overtaken and slain by the Enemy,
all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.
- - - Benjamin Franklin

Half the failures of this world arise from pulling in one’s horse as he is leaping.
- - - Julius Hare

A man may well bring a horse to the water,
But he cannot make him drinke without he will.
- - - John Heywood

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
- - - Samuel Johnson

The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
- - - Jacqueline Kennedy

The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action, in man. - - - - - D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
- - - Marya Mannes

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury-Cross,
To see an old woman get up on her horse.
Rings on her fingers, and bells on her toes,
And so she makes music wherever she goes.
- - - Mother Goose

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are already going.
- - - John Naisbitt

There's nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.
- - - Ronald Reagan

Take most people, they're crazy about cars...and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that's even newer. I don't even like old cars. I mean they don't even interest me. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake.
- - - J. D. Salinger

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
- - - William Shakespeare "Richard III"

Time is a horse that runs in the heart, a horse
Without a rider on a road at night.
The mind sits listening and hears it pass.
- - - Wallace Stevens


Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
- - - Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale "Mary's Little Lamb"


I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
- - - William Congrev

Man is more ape than many of the apes.
- - - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Never play cat and mouse games if you're a mouse.
- - - Don Addis

... fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
- - - Elizabeth Bowen

The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft agley;
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!
- - - Robert Burns

Two mice fell into a bowl of cream. The second mouse fought until he churned the cream into butter and walked out... Amen.
- - - said by Frank Abagnale, Jr in "Catch Me if You Can"

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.
- - - Walt Disney

The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.
- - - George Herbert

One of the simple but genuine pleasures in life is getting up in the morning and hurrying to a mousetrap you set the night before.
- - - Kin Hubbard

Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off. Nibble on they tiny feet.
- - - B. Kliban

You know, I saw the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and I didn't see any tigers or dragons. Then I realized, it's because they're crouching and hidden.
- - - Steve Martin at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards, 2001

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.
- - - Nigerian Proverb

The city mouse eats bread and cheese;—
The garden mouse eats what he can;
We will not grudge him seeds and stocks,
Poor little timid furry man.
- - - Christina Georgina Rossetti

The feet of the rats
scribble on the doorsills;
the hieroglyphs of the rat footprints
chatter the pedigrees of the rats
- - - Carl Sandburg "Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind"


They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world, either like children, or like old men, full of their own importance and late for dinner, in their black tail-coats and white shirt-fronts — and rather portly withal.
- - - Cherry-Garrard

The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?
- - - Judith Hayes

I have often had the impression that, to penguins, man is just another penguin -- different, less predictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and minds his own business.
- - - Bernard Stonehouse


As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
- - -Bible, Proverbs

You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle.
- - - Bill Clinton

My mother, Southern to the bone, once told me, “All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: ‘On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.’” She raised me up to be a Southern writer, but it wasn’t easy.

- - - Pat Conroy

Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
- - - Robert A Heinlein "Time Enough for Love"

The Pig, if I am not mistaken,
Supplies us sausage, ham, and Bacon.
Let others say his heart is big,
I think it stupid of the Pig.
- - - Ogden Nash "The Pig"

Pigs get a bad press. Pigs are regarded as selfish and greedy--as living garbage pails. Pigs are the villains in George Orwell's Animal Farm. Pigs have little mean eyes. There is truth in this account--not that it's entirely the fault of the pigs. For perhaps five thousand generations pigs have been deliberately bred to be gluttonous.... Do the same thing with human beings for five thousand generations, and it would be interesting to see what kind of people resulted.
- - - Noel Perrin "Second Person Rural"

Even under the most perfect Social Democracy we should, without Communism, still be living like hogs, except that each hog would get his fair share of grub.... Whilst we are hogs, let us at least be well-fed, healthy, reciprocally useful hogs, instead of—well, instead of the sort we are at present.
- - - George Bernard Shaw

Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Don't eat pork. I'm sorry, what was that last one? Don't eat pork. God has spoken. Is that the word of God or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?
- - - Jon Stewart

Pigs are filthy animals. I don’t eat filthy animals.
- - - Quentin Tarantino

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile.
- - - Hunter S. Thompson

What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.
- - - Henry David Thoreau

There warn’t anybody at the church, except maybe a hog or two, for there warn’t any lock on the door, and hogs likes a puncheon floor in summertime because it’s cool. If you notice, most folks don’t go to church only when they’ve got to; but a hog is different.
- - - Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fine hog;
Home again, home again, joggety jog.

- - - Unknown


Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat.
- - - Bullwinkle Moose

The wily hare has three burrows.
- - - Chinese proverb

Mad as a march hare.
- - - John Heywood

The rabbit presses back her ears,
Turns back her liquid, anguished eyes
And crouches low; then with wild spring
Spurts from the terror of his oncoming;
- - - D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

We like the chase better than the quarry.... And those who philosophize on the matter, and who think men unreasonable for spending a whole day in chasing a hare which they would not have bought, scarce know our nature. The hare in itself would not screen us from the sight of death and calamities; but the chase, which turns away our attention from these, does screen us.
- - - Blaise Pascal

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
- - - John Steinbeck

In the morning,
The jack-rabbit sang to the Arkansaw.
He carolled in caracoles
On the feat sandbars.
- - - Wallace Stevens "The Jack-Rabbit"

Poor is the triumph o’er the timid hare!
- - - James Thomson

The partridge and the rabbit are still sure to thrive, like true natives of the soil, whatever revolutions occur. If the forest is cut off, the sprouts and bushes which spring up afford them concealment, and they become more numerous than ever. That must be a poor country indeed that does not support a hare. Our woods teem with them both.
- - - Henry David Thoreau

We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.
- - - A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee

I positively think that ladies who are always enceinte quite disgusting; it is more like a rabbit or guinea-pig than anything else and really it is not very nice.
- - - Victoria, British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Letter, June 15, 1859, to her daughter Louisa, Princess Frederick William of Prussia.

The hare grows old as she plays in the sun
And gazes around her with eyes of brightness;
Before the swift things that she dreamed of were done
She limps along in an aged whiteness....
- - - William Butler Yeats "The Wanderings of Oisin"


Sometimes when you get in a fight with a skunk, you can't tell who started it.
- - - Lloyd Doggett

Never get into a spraying match with a skunk.
- - - Mark Hatfield


Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
- - - William Blake "The Tiger "


When turkeys mate they think of swans.
- - - Johnny Carson


Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
- - - Georges Bataille "My Mother"

Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
- - - Ambrose Bierce "The Devil’s Dictionary"

With money you’re a dragon; without it you’re a worm.
- - - Chinese proverb

We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
- - - Winston Churchill

Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
The shooting stars attend thee;
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
- - - Robert Herrick "The Night-Piece, to Julia"

God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
- - - P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy) James "Devices and Desires"

The worm artist
out of soil, by passage
of himself
Castles of metaphor!
- - - Denise Levertov “The Earth Worm”

A very little thing, a little worm,
Or hourglass-blazoned spider, it is said,
Can kill a tiger.
- - - Robert Lowell "Mr. Edwards and the Spider"

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
- - - Henry Miller

Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens.
- - - Michel de Montaigne “An Apology of Raimond Sebond”

When stepped on, the worm curls up. That is a clever thing to do. Thus it reduces its chances of being stepped on again. In the language of morality: humility.
- - - Friedrich Nietzsche “Maxims and Arrows”

You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now man is still more ape than any ape.
- - - Friedrich Nietzsche "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"

It costs me never a stab nor squirm
To tread by chance upon a worm.
"Aha, my little dear,'' I say,
"Your clan will pay me back one day.''
- - - Dorothy Parker "Thoughts for a Sunshiny Morning"

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
- - - William Shakespeare " Hamlet"

Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
- - - William Shakespeare "Macbeth"

The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
- - - William Shakespeare "Richard III"

With his worm-eaten maw,
And his ghastly jaw
Gasping aside,
Naked of hide,
Neither flesh nor fell.
- - - John Skelton "Upon a Dead Man’s Head "

we know our end
A packet of worm-seed, a garden of spent tissues.
- - - Allen Tate “Causerie”

A worm tells summer better than the clock,
The slug’s a living calendar of days;
What shall it tell me if a timeless insect
Says the world wears away?
- - - Dylan Thomas “Here in this spring”

A worm is as good a traveler as a grasshopper or a cricket, and a much wiser settler. With all their activity these do not hop away from drought nor forward to summer. We do not avoid evil by fleeing before it, but by rising above or diving below its plane; as the worm escapes drought and frost by boring a few inches deeper.
- - - Henry David Thoreau " A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"

I am nothing but a miserable, crushed worm, whom no one wants, whom no one loves, a useless creature with morning sickness, and a big belly, two rotten teeth, and a bad temper, a battered sense of dignity, and a love which nobody wants and which nearly drives me insane.
- - - Sophie Tolstoy "A Diary of Tolstoy’s Wife" entry for September 12, 1867

Time, as is well known, sometimes flies like a bird and sometimes crawls like a worm, but human beings are generally particularly happy when they don’t notice whether it’s passing quickly or slowly.
- - - Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev "Fathers and Sons"

Don't open a can of worms without knowing how to get the worms back inside.
- - - Mortimer B. Zuckerman

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