C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, pass no criticisms.

George Eliot.

If ’t were not for my cat and dog, I think I could not live.

Ebenezer Elliott.

They rejoice each with their kind, lion with lioness, so fitly them in pairs thou hast combined.


  • Let cavillers deny
  • That brutes have reason; sure ’tis something more,
  • ’Tis heaven directs, and stratagems inspires
  • Beyond the short extent of human thought.
  • Somerville.

    There is in every animal’s eye a dim image and gleam of humanity, a flash of strange light through which their life looks out and up to our great mystery of command over them, and claims the fellowship of the creature if not of the soul.