15 Quotes That Share The Wonder & Joy Of Animals

15 Quotes That Share The Wonder & Joy Of Animals
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Animals truly are remarkable and life-touching creatures. While they may not be able to speak our language, it's impossible to say that you can't look deep into their eyes and not feel moved. The opportunity to communicate with another species, even if it is only through a blink or a taught command, is so remarkable in and of itself that it inevitably touches the heart and moves our souls deeply. These fifteen quotes below share the wonder and joy of animals, and they remind us just how special these wonderful creatures can be!


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1. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." — Anatole France

2. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." — Mahatma Gandhi

3. “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


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4. "Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem." — A.A. Milne

5. "I am in in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." — Abraham Lincoln

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


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7. "An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." — Martin Buber

8. “Let us remember that animals are not mere resources for human consumption. They are splendid beings in their own right, who have evolved alongside us as co-inheritors of all the beauty and abundance of life on this planet” ― Marc Bekoff

9. "Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." — George Eliot


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10. “He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.” ― Laura Adams Armer

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

12. “Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.” ― Irene M. Pepperberg


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13. “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

14. “Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what’s missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we’re here.” ― Trisha McCagh

15. “To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” ― Beryl Markham

This post was originally published on ASTRAL & OPAL