12 animal quotes that will inspire you

I got to pet a super soft koala bear for the first time this week while visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. This trip Down Under—seeing the native wildlife, helping shelter cats and teaching Reiki classes—has allowed me the opportunity to slow down a little and reflect on the vital role animals have played in my career and life. I’m so grateful for all of the lessons they’ve taught me through the years, and all of the heartful connections I’ve been able to make. So as my Aussie trip winds down, I’m reminded of my favorite, most inspiring quotes about animals. I’ve always loved the sentiments behind these 12 quotations (do they make you smile, too?):

“Cats are angels with fur.” – Sark

animal quotes angels

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

Children love dogs.

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

Happy little girl playing with dog

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

animal quotes cat eyes

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

Labrador and Pit Bull Mixed-Breed Dog

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

Golden cocker

“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

Paint horse runs gallop on freedom

“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” –Jules Renard

Cretan cat at famous Arkadi monastery, Crete

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.” –Pam Brown

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” –Josh Billings

Portrait old dog

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” –Hippolyte Taine

animal quotes picture

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

Petting a Calf on a Farm - Close up

What animal quotes inspire you the most?

{Cat photos (except for “sitting cat”) © Charlotte Jensen}

21 thoughts on “12 animal quotes that will inspire you”

  1. Thank you for your excellent quotes. I hope humanity would learn to love animal and stop all kinds of cruelties. Thanks again!

  2. Animals never judge you. There is nothing more soothing than a cat’s purr.A dog or cat sitting on your lap makes
    you feel right at home.Which one

  3. In fact ALL those quotations says truth & equally the ANIMALS ARE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAS CREATED ON THIS PLANET EARTH. Without these sweet, souls the world would be so much of a miserable, sad place to live in.

    1. Amna, it is soooooooo true they are so beautiful and I love animals way more than anything! I would never do anything bad to them and I would risk my life for them.

      1. Antonia Lawrence

        One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.
        Animals are such agreeable friends , they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
        An animals eyes , have the power to speak a great language.
        These are my favourite ones I have put them on a PowerPoint to show to 300 people at school and I’m sure t will inspire them too. Thank uuuuuuuuu.

  4. This I a quote that I found and I really like, because it is true and it means something. i think it means that depending on how people touch their animals. You can tell if they are a bad person, if they abuse their animals, and you can tell if they are a good person if they give their animals a lot of TLC.

    You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.
    By: Betty White

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