"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

"Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs."

~Martha Scott

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."

~Robert Louis Stevenson

"It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks."

~Unknown (Gateway note: This is completely untrue.)

"The old saw about old dogs and new tricks only applies to certain people."

~Daniel Pinkwater in Train Your Dog, Dammit! (Gateway note: Daniel has got it right.)


"Never stand between a dog and the hydrant."

                                                  ~John Peers 

"Rambunctious, rumbustious, delinquent dogs become angelic when sitting."

                                                         ~Dr. Ian Dunbar 
 "A dog is a dog except when he is facing you. Then he is Mr. Dog."

                                                 ~Haitian Farmer

 "I do honour the very flea of his dog."

                                                         ~Ben Jonson



"While man has sometimes succeeded in dragging the dog down to his level, the dog has only occasionally succeeded in raising man to his level of sagacity."

~James Thurber

"I would rather see a portrait of a dog that I know, then all the allegorical paintings in the world."

~Samuel Johnson

"One of the animals which a generous and sociable man would soonest become is a dog. A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character; he can enjoy equally the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends, and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow."

~Leigh Hunt


"If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's notions and inclinations, he possesses this an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more than many good friends can pretend to do."

~Alexander Pope

"Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog."

~John Cam Hobhouse

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

~George Graham Vest

"The more I see of men, the better I like dogs."

~attributed to both Madame Roland and Mme. de Staël

"The gift which I am sending you is called a "dog", and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind."

~Theodorus Gaza

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

~Mark Twain

"Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Diety designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship."

~Ambrose Bierce

"He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come from encounters with the roughness of the world...When all other friends desert, he remains."

~George G. Vest

"The great 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, Notebooks, 1912

"From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog."

~Mabel Louise Robinson


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

          "The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread."

                                    ~Portuguese Proverb
          "I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons."

                                         ~Will Rogers

          "Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God."

          "The best thing about a man is his dog."

                                          ~French proverb

          "Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."

                                      ~Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter


"Dogs are miracles with paws."

~Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying."

~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs

"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment."
                                                                       ~George Eliot

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."

                                                                       ~Gilda Radner

"Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage."

                                                                      ~Agnes Repplier

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."

                                                                      ~Author Unknown

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"

                                                                      ~David Starr Jordan


          "Man is a dog's idea of what God should be."
                                                    ~Holbrook Jackson 

           "The dog is the only animal that has seen his god."
~Author Unknown
          "My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."
~Edith Wharton

            "I like cats, too. Let's exchange recipes!"
          "My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."
                                                   ~Author Unknown
                    "If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one."
                                                ~Andy Rooney
          "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
                                                  ~Roger Caras
                    "The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic."
                                                ~Henry Ward Beecher


"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them."

~Phil Pastoret

"With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog."

~Edward Jesse, Anecdote of Dogs

"A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such."

~John Holmes

"Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window."

~Steve Bluestone

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

~Aldous Huxley

"They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation."

~Jerome K. Jerome

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives."

~Sue Murphy

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's."

~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899

"If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."

~Karel ńĆapek

"The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's."

~Polish Proverb

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

~Roger Caras

"In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man."

~Maurice Maeterlinck

"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail."

~Fran Lebowitz

"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue."

~Author Unknown

"You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell."

~Emily Dickinson

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."

~Woodrow Wilson

"Dogs, the foremost snobs in creation, are quick to notice the difference between a well-clad and a disreputable stranger."

~Albert Payson Terhune

"When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog along to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten."

~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"When a dog wants to hang out the "Do Not Disturb" sign, as all of us do now and then, he is regarded as a traitor to his species."

~Ramona C. Albert

"Both humans and dogs love to play well into adulthood, and individuals from both species occasionally display evidence of having a conscience."

~Jon Winokur


 "I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for everyday."
                                                   ~George Bernard Shaw
 "Never trust a dog to watch your food."
 "In dog years, I'm dead!"
 "Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job."
                                              ~Franklin P. Jones
 "...it's a rare animal that disagrees with himself."
                                                  ~Sarah Filipiak
 "When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem."
                                              ~Edward Abbey


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

~Jeff Valdez

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."

~Mary Bly

"Among God's creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be separated from the man."

~Andre Segovia

"We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us."

~Maurice Maeterlinck

"If your dog is too fat, you are not getting enough exercise."


"A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down."

~Robert Benchley

"Every dog isn't a growler, and every growler isn't a dog."


"If your dog thinks you're the greatest person in the world, don't seek a second opinion."

~Jim Fiebig

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."

~Sydney Jeanne Seward

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies."

~Gene Hill

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."

~Louis Sabin

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."

~Charles Doran

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring -- it was peace."

~Milan Kundera

"I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers."


"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."

~Mordecai Siegal

"The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a human being. The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be."

~Konrad Lorenz

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."

~James Thurber

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets."

~Nora Ephron

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."

~Ann Landers

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."

~Dereke Bruce, Taipei, Taiwan

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."

~Bern Williams

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail..."


"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."

~Christopher Morley

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

~Josh Billings

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."

~Andy Rooney

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."

~Mark Twain

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

~Harry Beston

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

~Abraham Lincoln

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."


"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."

~John Steinbeck

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made."

~M. Acklam

"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate."

~Sigmund Freud

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human; The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."

~Edward Hoagland

"[Dog] training is a lot like landing an airplane. The end result depends on the approach!"


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