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Animal Quotes 12 of 12
“Always keep your elephants calm”
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you--alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"
"Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that humans belong to the same class of animals as cats and cows and raccoons. They're like the people who become successful and then don't want to be reminded of the old neighborhood."
"Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar."
"Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt."
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
"Words were written out for me phonetically. I learned to quack in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and German."
"There is a natural hootchy-kootchy motion to a goldfish."
"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all."
"A zebra is a light-colored animal with dark stripes; not a dark one with light stripes."
"As books vary from one to the other, so too do bishops. Some bishops, in fact, resemble eagles, who sail loftily with solemn documents. Others are nightingales who marvelously sing the praise of the Lord. Others, instead, are poor wrens, who only twitter as profound subjects. I belong to the [last] category."
"Scoops of mint ice cream with chips of chocolate cows."
"All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."
"Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they'll both win for you."
"A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane."
"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."
"Two things a novelist can do with a hat: Talk through it or pull a rabbit from it."
"If the lion and dragon fight, they will both die."
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
"Alcohol removes inhibitions-like that scared little mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and shouted: "Now bring on that damn cat!"
"I never use a score when conducting my orchestra. ... Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?"
"I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession."
"Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?"
"Mickey Mouse was the star in the early days, but he was too much of a Mr Nice Guy."
"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs."
"[My dog] can bark like a congressman, fetch like an aide, beg like a press secretary and play dead like a receptionist when the phone rings." - Gerald B H Solomon, US Congressman, Entry in contest to identify Capitol Hill's Great American Dog, NY Times 9 Aug 86
"A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas." - H L Mencken, Quoted by Geoffrey H Hartman Easy Pieces Columbia University 85
"This isn't like naming your dog Spot." - Richard Melville, Secretary, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, On scientific Latin names for plants and animals, Wall Street Journal 13 Jul 84
"An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal-falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox." - François Truffaut, New Yorker 20 Feb 60
"First you learn a new language, profanity; and second you learn not to discipline your dogs when you're mad, and that's most of the time when you're training dogs."
"He's fair. He treats us all the same-like dogs."
"Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species."
"[London] is sentimental and tolerant. The attitude to foreigners is like the attitude to dogs: Dogs are neither human nor British, but so long as you keep them under control, give them their exercise, feed them, pat them, you will find their wild emotions are amusing, and their characters interesting."
"It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.".
"There is no way to avoid the birds in the air, but the pilots can avoid being where the birds are."
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