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What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Shall we never have done with that cliche, so stupid that it could only be human, about the sympathy of animals for man when he is unhappy? Animals love happiness almost as much as we do. A fit of crying disturbs them, they'll sometimes imitate sobbing, and for a moment they'll reflect our sadness. But they flee unhappiness as they flee fever, and I believe that in the long run they are capable of boycotting it.

Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

Profession: French Author

Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort.

Author: Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Profession: French Philosopher

Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Who can guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The elephant, not only the largest but the most intelligent of animals, provides us with an excellent example. It is faithful and tenderly loving to the female of its choice, mating only every third year and then for no more than five days, and so secretly as never to be seen, until, on the sixth day, it appears and goes at once to wash its whole body in the river, unwilling to return to the herd until thus purified. Such good and modest habits are an example to husband and wife.

Author: St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)

Profession: Roman Catholic Bishop, Writer

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.

Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)

Profession: German Philosopher

Animals used to provide a lowlife way to kill and get away with it, as they do still, but, more intriguingly, for some people they are an aperture through which wounds drain. The scapegoat of olden times, driven off for the bystanders sins, has become a tender thing, a running injury. There, running away is me: hurt it and you are hurting me.

Author: Edward Hoagland (1932)

Profession: American Novelist, Essayist

Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga -- stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts.

Author: Edward Hoagland (1932)

Profession: American Novelist, Essayist

Nothing to be done really about animals. Anything you do looks foolish. The answer isn't in us. It's almost as if we're put here on earth to show how silly they aren't.

Author: Russell Hoban (1925)

Profession: American Author

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist