Who Said It: Quotes About Dogs
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There have been a lot of famous dog lovers through the years. Can you guess who said what about man's best friend?
"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog and ready money."
It's unclear if Benjamin Franklin was a dog owner, but he did write frequently about his son's Newfoundland.
"Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end."
This pun is attributed to June Carter Cash.
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
Fitting quote from Charles Schulz, whose life's work involved a puppy named Snoopy.
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
This is a classic line from Grouch Marx.
"The psychological and moral comfort of a presence at once humble and understanding — this is the greatest benefit that the dog has bestowed upon man."
Anyone who's loved a dog can appreciate this quote from 19th-century poet Shelley.
"Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House."
Calvin Coolidge had an enormous amount of pets, from dogs to raccoons to geese (all of which, we assume, didn't live in the White House at the same time).
"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished."
Apparently horror master Dean Koontz does have a soft side.
"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out, and your dog would go in."
Mark Twain said lots of things about dogs, and this was one of them.
"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."
Many politicians and leaders through the years have echoed the thoughts of Charles de Gaulle.
"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Fittingly, Will Rogers was born on the Dog Iron Ranch in what is now Oklahoma.
"Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching."
This is from Kipling's poem "The Power of the Dog."
"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."
Elizabeth Taylor was a lifelong dog owner and animal rights advocate.
"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 owned a number of dogs, but his main "pets" during his presidency were sheep that grazed on the White House lawn.
"Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more."
Christie's "Dumb Witness" was about a dog, and Christie dedicated it to her own terrier, Peter.
"Dogs lead a nice life. You never see a dog with a wristwatch."
This is from George Carlin's famous routine on dogs.
"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."
Shaw had a little white dog named Kim.
"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
Jack London wrote "The Call of the Wild," perhaps the most perfect dog novel of all time.
"I wish all men were like dogs."
Berry has two Maltese named Willy and Polly.
"Dogs don't rationalize. They don't hold anything against a person. They don't see the outside of a human but the inside of a human."
Cesar Millan, otherwise known as the Dog Whisperer, should know.
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."
This quote is usually attributed to Truman, but it's not clear if he really said it. Interestingly, he was gifted a puppy during his time in office but gave it to his doctor.
"Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell."
Emily Dickinson had a huge Newfoundland named Carlo who died at 17 years old.
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
Lincoln left his dog at home in Illinois when he moved to the White House, but he had at least two cats in Washington.
"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."
"Travels With Charley" is Steinbeck's account of a road trip with his beloved standard poodle.
"I kept thinking that maybe people should be kept away from dog shows. Just bring the dog and leave."
Andy Rooney made this observation during a "60 Minutes" segment on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
"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."
Freud's dog, a Chinese chow named Jofi, was often in his office during therapy sessions.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
Sage advice from Ann Landers.
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Eisenhower's dog, Heidi, apparently soiled a very expensive White House rug and was sent to live on the family farm. (And we hope that was not a euphemism.)
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."
Stevenson wrote an essay called "The Character of Dogs," although it doesn't contain this particular quote.
"Dogs never bite me. Just humans."
Monroe was a well-known animal lover and dog owner. At one point Frank Sinatra gave her a miniature poodle.
"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."
Aldous Huxley is best known for the 1932 novel "Brave New World."
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