100 Animal Quotes Celebrating Their Role in Our Lives

Looking for inspirational animal quotes to help you honor the human-animal bond?

Animals play an important role in our lives.

From being valuable companions to designated therapeutic roles, animals contribute to our lives in many ways.

Animals help people live healthier lives, bring us happiness, are a source of food, and make our lives easier in many ways.

Research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that owning a pet can increase feelings of happiness and well-being. 

This highlights the positive impact that animals can have on mental health and overall quality of life.

Quite often, they show us how to be our best selves.

Research studies have found that positive interactions with animals can improve our physical, social, and emotional health.

For instance, the National Institutes of Health reports that people with pets tend to get more exercise and health benefits than those without.

To help you celebrate their role in our lives, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and cute animal quotes, animal sayings, and animal proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

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Animal Quotes Celebrating Their Role in Our Lives

According to research from the University of Missouri, interacting with animals can increase serotonin levels, a hormone that regulates mood and reduces anxiety. 

This highlights the potential for animals to improve mental health outcomes.

1. “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

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2. “We strive for a world where every earthling has the right to live and grow. That’s why we don’t eat animals.” ― Ruby Roth

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3. “Cats are there to be indulged. That’s their function: to receive the love we never fully gave our parents. Not like dogs. Dogs are there to give us the love and devotion our children will never fully give us.” ― Alex Shakar

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4. “True compassion is showing Kindness towards animals, without expecting anything in return” ― Paul Oxton

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5. “All my Best Friends have 4 Legs.” ― Tim Poirier

Animal Quotes Celebrating Their Role in Our Lives

6. “Animals will attack if provoked, to protect their family or just to put food on the table, yet man still hasn’t learned these simple basics of life. Somehow I don’t think we are the intelligent species after all.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

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7. “The best friend a man can have is an animal—they are so agreeable, they don’t hate on you and they embrace you without passing any criticism.” – Shenita Etwaroo

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8. “Birds will always sing a song for those that they love.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

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9. “When God becomes glad about our good works, then He sends the cute animals, birds, butterflies etc. near us like a signal to express His happiness!” ― Md. Ziaul Haque

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10. “If I didn’t have a cat I would be lost.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

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The National Center for Health Research reports that animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in both children and adults.

This highlights the potential for animals to be used as complementary therapy in mental health treatment.

11. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ― Josh Billings

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12. “Elephants will never abandon their friends or family, but man does. I guess that’s what makes us civilized.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

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13. “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski

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14. “Animals are better off than a lot of humans if having soul means being able to feel gratitude, loyalty, and love.” – Shenita Etwaroo

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15. “We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.” ― Peter Singer

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16. “Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world.” ― Enock Maregesi

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17. “When I got started again, I drove slower and felt smaller. I think it does us all good to get looked at like that now and then by a wild animal.” ― Bailey White

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18. “If I never owned a dog I would be wandering the streets looking for love.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

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19. “When it comes to conserving wildlife and the environment, It’s more important to be outspoken than unspoken” ― Paul Oxton

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20. “Like it or not, we humans are bound up with our fellows, and with the other plants and animals all over the world. Our lives are intertwined.” ― Carl Sagan

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21. “A cat’s purr and a puppy’s wet nose are just two of the things that make my day enjoyable.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

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22. “Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world” ― Munia Khan

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23. “You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” – Betty White

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24. “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France

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25. “Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.” ― Gregory Maguire

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26. “If you want to see God, simply look into the eyes of an animal.” ― J. Bartell

27. “I feel more human when I compare the cuteness of a lizard to a newborn child’s sweetness. Both are God’s creations filled with precious innocence” ― Munia Khan

28. “When animals behave like humans or when humans behave like animals, don’t be surprised because in every animal there is a human and in every human, there is an animal!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

29. “When you look into the eyes of an animal you’ve rescued, you can’t help but fall in love.” – Paul Shaffer

30. “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” ― Leo Tolstoy

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31. “Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty, and your animal spirits.” – William Hazlitt

32. “If ever you feel like an animal among men, be a lion.” ― Criss Jami

33. “Animals don’t know as much about jealousy as people, but they’re not ignorant of it, either.” ― Stephen King

34. “If it’s true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers.” – Doris Day

35. “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” ― Roger Caras

36. “Animals never worry about Heaven or Hell. neither do I. Maybe that’s why we get along” ― Charles Bukowski (see more Charles Bukowski quotes and sayings)

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37. “Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

38. “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle

39. “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does.” – Christopher Morley

40. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” – Milan Kundera

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

42. “Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst.” – Unknown

43. “I call my horses ‘divine mirrors’—they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.” – Allan Hamilton

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44. “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” – Dean Koontz

45. “Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?” – Dalai Lama

46. “Animals are inspirational. They don’t know how to lie. They are natural forces.” ― Charles Bukowski

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47. “Through the metal bars of the jungle gym, she watches two gray squirrels chase each other around a tree. Around and around and around. So gratuitous.” ― Thomas Pierce

48. “It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” – Mark Twain

49. “A house is not a home without a pet.” – Unknown

50. 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

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51. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” —  George Orwell

52. “It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” Haile Selassie

53. “The only honest reaction and true loyalty that we get is from our animals.” — Dick Van Patten

54. “Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot

55. “Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.” — Betty White

56. “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

57. “Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.” — Michael Morpurgo

58. “The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.” — Emile Zola

59. “Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.” — Alfred A. Montapert

60. “You cannot share your life with a dog, as I had done in Bournemouth, or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.” Jane Goodall

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61. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz

62. “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” ― Marilyn Monroe

63. “Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” ― George Bernard Shaw

64. “Man is the cruelest animal.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

65. “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

66. “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne

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

68. “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

69. “I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
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70. “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette

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71. “Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks.” -Sylvia Earle

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72. “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

73. “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

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74. “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

75. “Never be embarrassed by how much you care about animals and how they’re treated.”-Stephanie Feldstein

76. “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”-Martin Buber

77. “I love animals, sometimes more than people, because they don’t judge. All they want is love.”-H.J. Lawson

78. “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.”-Max Eastman

79. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”-Mark Twain

80. “You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place. That’s why animals are so soft and huggy.”-Bill Watterson

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81. “Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls.” ― Victor Hugo

82. “People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.” ― David Attenborough

83. “The essential quality of an animal is that it seeks its own living, whereas a vegetable has its living brought to it.” ― Henry Mayhew

84. “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ― Immanuel Kant

85. “I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.” ― Robert Breault

86. “All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” ― Samuel Butler

87. “All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.” ― Maurice Maeterlinck

88. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

89. “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.” ― George Orwell

90. “Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky

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91. “Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.” ― Jacob Bronowski

92. “Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.” ― Louis J. Camuti

93. “In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.” ― Thomas Szasz

94. At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” ― Aristotle

95. “A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.” ― Muhammad

96. “Look at those animals and remember the greatest scientists in the world have never discovered how to make grass into milk.” ― Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin

97. “Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.” ― D. H. Lawrence

98. “Treat other animals as friends and they become friends. Treat other animals as family and they become family. Give other animals your love and they will love you in return.” ― Anthony D. Williams

99. “Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it’s all the same.” ― Daryl Hannah

100. “Man is the only animal that can be bored.” ― Erich Fromm

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Animals play an important role in enriching our lives in many different ways.

They give us a better quality of life and help improve our health and well-being.

Animals help make us be better humans.

Hopefully, the above quotes will help you become your best self.

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