Favorite Dog Quotes

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man."

-Mark Twain-

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."

-Robert Louis Stevenson-

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."

-Gilda Radner-

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, 'My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"

-Dave Barry-

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."

-James Thurber-

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."

-Gen. Charles De Gaulle-

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."


"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."


"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."

-Josh Billings-

"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-

"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 in their object-relations."

-Sigmund Freud-

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

-Samuel Butler-

"No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has."

-Will Rogers-

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."

-Mark Twain-

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

-Roger Caras-

"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue."


"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace."

-Milan Kundera-

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog... He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world...When all other friends desert, he remains."

-George G. Vest-
Speech in the U.S. Senate, 1884

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's."

-Mark Twain-

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

-Abraham Lincoln-

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

-Roger Caras-

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."

-Dave Barry-

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."

-Alexander Pope-

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."

-Christopher Morley-

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."

-Andrew A. Rooney-

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."

-Louis Sabin-

"If your dog doesn't like someone, you probably shouldn't either."


"I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world."

-Samuel Johnson-

"The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's."

-Polish Proverb-

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."

-Aldous Huxley-

"Man is a dog's idea of what God should be."

-Holbrook Jackson-

"He cannot be a gentleman that loveth not a dog."


"Your dog is your only philosopher."

Greek Philosopher

"To err is human; to forgive, canine."

-Author Unknown-

"Dogs. They are better than human beings because they know but they do not tell."

-Emily Dickinson-

"A dog is for life, and not just for Christmas."

-Slogan of the Nat'l Canine Defense League-

"It is true that whenever a person loves a dog he derives great power from it."

-Old Seneca Tribal Chief-

"Man himself cannot express love and humility by external signs so plainly as does a dog, when with dropping ears, hanging lips, flexuous body, and wagging tail, he meets his beloved master."

-Charles Darwin-
British Naturalist (1809-1882)

"The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me."

-Helen Exley-
Editor and Publisher

"There is honor in being a dog."


"Dogs, bless them, operate on the premise that human beings are fragile and require incessant applications of affection and reassurance. The random lick of a hand and the furry chin draped over the instep are calculated to let the shaky owner know that a friend is nearby."

-Mary McGrory-

"To be followed home by a stray dog is a sign of impending wealth."

-Chinese Proverb-

"A dog wags his tail with his heart."

-Martin Buxbaum-

"My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet."

-Edith Wharton-

"Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog."

-James Thurber-

"There are three faithful friends --an old wife, an old dog and ready money."

-Benjamin Franklin-

"Who loves me will love my dog also."

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux-

"We never really own a dog as much as he owns us."

-Gene Hill-

"Every puppy should have a boy."

-Erma Bombeck-

"The censure of a dog is something no man can stand."

-Christopher Morley-

"Great men have great dogs."

-Otto von Bismark-

"My sunshine doesn't come from the skies, it comes from the love in my dog's eyes."


"The dog is the most faithful of animal and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest."

-Martin Luther-

"Dogs lives are too short...their only fault, really." 

-Agnes Sligh Turnbull-

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This page created: Oct 15, 1999
Updated: Aug 28, 2002