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


Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.


  • Proud Nimrod first the bloody chase began,
  • A mighty hunter, and his prey was man.
  • Pope.

    It is very strange and very melancholy that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us to call hunting one of them.

    Dr. Johnson.

    A man who can, in cold blood, hunt and torture a poor, innocent animal, cannot feel much compassion for the distress of his own species.

    Frederick the Great.

    Hunting is a relic of the barbarous spirit that thirsted formerly for human blood, but is now content with the blood of birds and animals.


  • Poor Jack,—no matter who,—for when I blame
  • I pity, and must therefore sink the name,—
  • Liv’d in his saddle, lov’d the chase, the course,
  • And always ere he mounted, kiss’d his horse.
  • Cowper.

  • The healthy huntsman, with a cheerful horn,
  • Summons the dogs and greets the dappled Morn.
  • The jocund thunder wakes the enliven’d hounds,
  • They rouse from sleep, and answer sounds for sounds.
  • Gay.