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* “Always keep your elephants calm”
-- elephant trainer during a NPR interview
Source: Dog Hause Visitor Elizabeth Andrews

* "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!"
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

* "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."
-- Phil Donahue, US TV talk show host

* "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."
-- Steve Allen

* "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."
-- Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, On relations with the US, ib 26 Mar 69

* "My music is best understood by children and animals."
-- Igor Stravinsky

* "Words were written out for me phonetically. I learned to quack in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and German."
-- Clarence ("Ducky") Nash, On his performance as the voice of Donald Duck in more than 150 cartoons and movies over 5 decades, recalled on his death 20 Feb 85

* "There is a natural hootchy-kootchy motion to a goldfish."
-- Walt Disney, On the fish ballet in Fantasia, quoted in Profiles in America Crowell 54

* "When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all."
-- Edward O Wilson, Professor of Science, Harvard

* "A zebra is a light-colored animal with dark stripes; not a dark one with light stripes."
-- American Museum of Natural History, NYC, After discovery in South Africa that dark parts of zebras fade while light parts remain unchanged, Newsweek 16 Dec 57

* "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."
-- Pope John Paul I, Letter to Mark Twain, in volume of letters to historical figures published when he was patriarch of Venice, recalled on his death 28 Sep 78

* "Scoops of mint ice cream with chips of chocolate cows."
-- Jim Bishop, On the English countryside, NY Journal-American 28 Sep 57

* "All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow."
-- Grant Wood

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

* "Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they'll both win for you."
-- Elizabeth Arden

* "A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane."
-- Jacqueline Kennedy, On 1962 visit to India, quoted by Ralph G Martin A Hero for Our Time Macmillan 83

* "It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."
-- Elizabeth Kenny

* "Two things a novelist can do with a hat: Talk through it or pull a rabbit from it."
-- Peter S Prescott, On Muriel Spark's The Only Problem Putnam 84, Newsweek 2 Jul 84

* "If the lion and dragon fight, they will both die."
-- Tadashi Adachi, President, Chamber of Commerce of Japan, On the belief that the shame of failure is exceeded only by the shame of causing someone else's failure, Newsweek 17 May 65

* "Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
-- Winston Churchill, To Royal Academy of Arts, Time 11 May 53

* "Alcohol removes inhibitions-like that scared little mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and shouted: "Now bring on that damn cat!"
-- Eleanor Early, News summaries 30 Jan 50

* "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?"
-- Dimitri Mitropoulosm, News summaries 22 Jan 51

* "I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession."
-- John Steinbeck, Accepting Nobel Prize, quoted in Newsweek 24 Dec 62

* "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?"
-- Edith Sitwell, Recalled on her death 9 Dec 64

* "Mickey Mouse was the star in the early days, but he was too much of a Mr Nice Guy."
-- Jack Hannah, On the creation of Donald Duck, Wall Street Journal 10 May 84

* "Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs."
-- John Osborne, Time 31 Oct 77

* "[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."
-- Lou Schultz, trainer of Alaskan Huskies

* "He's fair. He treats us all the same-like dogs."
-- Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers right tackle On Vince Lombardi, recalled on Lombardi's death 3 Sep 70

* "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."
-- Melvin Maddocks, "Baseball-The Difference between Night and Day" Christian Science Monitor 3 Apr 85

* "[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."
-- V S Pritchett, London Perceived Harcourt, Brace & World 62

* "It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.".
-- Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Premier, On liberalization of Communist Party rules, quoted in Time 6 Jan 86

* "There is no way to avoid the birds in the air, but the pilots can avoid being where the birds are."
-- Jerome A Jackson, On studying migration patterns to avoid aviation accidents, NY Times 7 May 85

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