55 Best Animal Lover Quotes That Celebrate Furry Friends

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 26, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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The animal world is full of magnificent and beautiful creatures who are a significant part of our biodiversity.

Animal lovers are the best people to be around because no one else understands care and compassion better than them. If one has loved animals with all their heart, it's most unlikely that they've never been disappointed in return.

If you are an ardent animal lover (philozoic), you will definitely enjoy and relate to animal quotes. Be it farm animals quotes, pet quotes, inspirational quotes about saving animals, or funny animal quotes, there are more than one ways to celebrate our four-legged friends who demand nothing but love and care.

So, if you've ever loved an animal, here are some amazing animal love and pet quotes to make your day!

If you would like to read other animals quotes, check out animal rights quotes and animal rescue quotes

Famous Quotes About Animals

Here are some of the most famous animal quotes, animals are treated quotes, animals help humans quotes, zoo quotes, and quotes about treating animals that will resonate with every person who roots for their love for the animal world.

1. “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.”

-John Muir.

2. “We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourselves.”

-Farley Mowat, ‘Never Cry Wolf,’ 1963.

3. “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it.”

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, ‘A Little Princess,’ 1905.

4. “Lots of people talk to animals...not very many listen though...that's the problem.”

-Benjamin Hoff, ‘The Tao Of Pooh,’ 1982.

5. “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.

6. “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer, ‘On The Basis Of Morality,’ 1840.

7. “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human, he wasn't a dog.”

-Charles M. Schulz.

8. “The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer, ‘On The Basis Of Morality,’ 1840.

9. “People speak sometimes about the 'bestial' cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

10. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi.

11. “Never be embarrassed by how much you care about animals and how they're treated.”

-Stephanie Feldstein, ‘The Animal Lover's Guide To Changing The World: Practical Advice And Everyday Actions For A More Sustainable, Humane, And Compassionate Planet,’ 2018.

12. “I love animals, sometimes more than people, because they don't judge. All they want is love.”

-H.J. Lawson, ‘War Kids,’ 2014.

13. “All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.”

-Samuel Butler.

14. “Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ‘Karamazov Brothers,’ 1880.

15. “I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look at them long and long.”

-Walt Whitman.

16. “Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!”

-Theophile Gautier.

17. “We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.”

-Henry Beston.

18. "If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."

-James Herriot, ‘All Creatures Great And Small,’ 1972.

19. “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

-Martin Buber.

20. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France.

21. “Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

-George Eliot, ‘Mr Gilfil's Love Story,’ 1857.

22. “Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat."

-Michael J. Fox, Sierra, 1990.

23. “Animals are a window to your soul and a doorway to your spiritual destiny.”

- Kim Shotola, ‘The Soul Watchers: Animals' Quest To Awaken Humanity,’ 2019.

24. “To me, the only good cage is an empty cage.”

-Lawrence Anthony, ‘The Elephant Whisperer,’ 2009.

Pet Quotes And Quotes About Loving Dogs

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If you're looking for some good pet quotes, here are some great quotes about pets including loving quotes about dogs and how they help us.

25. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.”

-Amy Sedaris.

26. “If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.”

-Charles Yu.

27. “In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the dog.”


28. “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.”

-Max Eastman.

29. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.”

-John Grogan, ‘Marley & Me: Life And Love With The World's Worst Dog,’ 2005.

30. “You cannot share your life with a dog…or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.”

-Jane Goodall.

31. “The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.”

-Martin Luther.

32. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”

-Mark Twain.

33. “You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place. That's why animals are so soft and huggy.”

-Bill Watterson, 'Scientific Progress Goes Boink', 1991.

34. “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”

-Dean Koontz, ‘False Memory,’ 1999.

35. “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.

36. “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”

-Groucho Marx, ‘The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx,’ 2000.

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

-Robert Louis Stevenson.

Quotes About Wild Animals


Satiate your love for wildlife with these awesome quotes about animals in the wild.

38. “I prefer the company of animals more than the company of humans.”

-Sigmund Freud.

39. “Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals 'love' them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”

-Edwin Way Teale.

40. “If there is one thing I disapprove of it’s the unnatural capture and taming of wild animals, whether an elephant or a bird.”

-Lawrence Anthony, ‘The Elephant Whisperer,’ 2009.

41. “In our noisy cities we tend to forget the things our ancestors knew on a gut level: that the wilderness is alive, that its whispers are there for all to hear - and to respond to.”

-Lawrence Anthony, ‘The Elephant Whisperer,’ 2009.

42. “They taught me that all life forms are important to each other in our common quest for happiness and survival.”

-Lawrence Anthony, ‘The Elephant Whisperer,’ 2009.

43. “But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”

-Lawrence Anthony, ‘The Elephant Whisperer,’ 2009.

44. “Rural Americans greatly value animals for what they provide, and dislike them for what they take or harm.”

-Julia Corbett, ‘Out Of The Woods: Seeing Nature In The Everyday,’ 2018.

45. “Wildlife in the world can only be protected by the love of compassionate hearts in the world!”

-Mehmet Murat Ildan.

46. “Crocodiles are easy,' Steve said. 'They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”

-Terri Irwin, ‘Steve & Me,’ 2007.

47. “If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”

-Steve Irwin.

Funny Quotes About Animals For Every Animal Lover

We're sure you'll fall in love with these witty and hilarious quotes about cats, dog quotes, and funny quotes around animals.

48. “If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.”

-George Bernard Shaw.

49. “Cats have a scam going – you buy the food, they eat the food, they go away; that’s the deal.”

-Eddie Izzard.

50. “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

-Winston Churchill.

51. “Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.”

-Robert A. Heinlein, ‘The Door Into Summer,’ 1956.

52. “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

-Terry Pratchett.

53. “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

-Mark Twain.

54. “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”

-Mark Twain.

55. “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”

-Jules Verne.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for best animal lover quotes then why not take a look at our rescue dog quotes, or black cat quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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