Dog Quotes: Our Favorites

Dog Quotes
We love dogs! So after 16 years online, we've come across plenty of inspirational dog quotes. The PupLife staff recently compiled this list of our favorite dog quotes.

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"A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge."
-St. Xanthias, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" - Theodorus Gaza

"If your dog thinks you're the greatest person in the world, don't seek a second opinion." - Jim Fiebig

"I love a dog.  He does nothing for political reasons." - Will Rogers

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversations as a dog does." - Christopher Morley

"A dog has the soul of a philosopher." - Plato

"I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother." - Bonnie Schacter

"A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel" - Proverb

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." - Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter

"Dogs are miracles with paws." - Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why." - Author Unknown

"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

"Every dog must have his day." - Jonathan Swift

"If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the sky." - Proverb

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

"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.” - Author Unknown

"I don't feel like a dream girl, but I think it's really nice. I guess a part of me wishes I got that sort of attention in my real life. Because in my real life, I'm this weird, dorky girl who just hangs out with her dog." - Alicia Silverstone
“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” - Abraham Lincoln

"Dogs are miracles with paws." - Susan Kennedy

"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

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

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” - W.H. Auden

"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better." - George Bird Evans

"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals." - Anonymous

"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

"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source." - Doris Day 

"A dog wags its tail with its heart." - Martin Buxbaum

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

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

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." -  Dereke Bruce

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

"Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don't even know we have." - Thom Jones

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

"Dogs' lives are too short.  Their only fault, really."  - Agnes Sligh Turnbull

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

"A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life." - Bob Barker

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams

"The greatest 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

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue." - Anonymous

"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog." - Douglas Mallock

"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude." - Robert Brault

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” – Orhan Pamuk

“When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it's hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." – Robert A Heinlein

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

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

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy

"The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." - Ambrose Bierce

"A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk." -O.A. Battista

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

"We have a queen-size bed, and the dog sleeps in the middle. John and I are sort of these little quotation marks on either corner." - Rachael Ray

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”  - Charles M. Schulz

"Every boy who has a dog should also have a mother, so the dog can be fed regularly." – Anonymous

"Dogs have owners, cats have staff." – Anonymous

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."  Roger Caras

"A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart" - Judy Desmond

"His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

"You won't change the world by saving an animal, but you will change that animal's world. " - Author unknown

"My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dog thinks I am." - Author unknown

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

“Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them." - Phil Pastoret

"Never bite when a growl will do." - Anonymous

"Every time I told my cocker spaniel, Taffy, my very first dog, that we were going for a walk, she would launch into a celebratory dance that ended with her racing around the room, always clockwise, and faster and faster, as if her joy could not be possibly contained. Even as a young boy I knew that hardly any creature could express joy so vividly as a dog." - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

"If you wish the dog to follow you, feed him." - Unknown

"With the exception of women, there is nothing on Earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog." - Edward Jesse

"My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I "should" be doing." - Lonzo Idolswine

"The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien." - Plato

"If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." - Russian Proverb

"A dog can express more with his tail in seconds than his owner can express with his tongue in hours. " - Author Unknown

"Both humans and dogs love to play well into adulthood, and individuals from both species occasionally display evidence of having a conscience." - Jon Winokur

"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." - Roger Caras

"No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." - Herman Melville

"Politics are not my concern... they impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies." - Rudyard Kipling

"You call a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, "What's in it for me?" - Lewis Grizzard

"Every dog should have a man of his own. There is nothing like a well-behaved person around the house to spread the dog's blanket for him, or bring him his supper when he comes home man-tired at night." - Corey Ford

"You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell." - Emily Dickinson

"The dog represents all that is best in man." - Etienne Charlet

"No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy." - Bern Williams

 "Dogs have manners that are not spoiled by etiquette." - Unknown

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” - Will Rogers

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” - Johnny Depp

“Even the tiniest poodle is lionhearted, ready to do anything to defend home, master, and mistress.” - Louis Sabin

”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.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley

”Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” - Sidney Jeanne Seward

”Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” - Marilyn Monroe

”Only my dogs will not betray me.” - Maria Callas

”When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.” - Sara Paretsky

”The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog.” - Carrie Underwood

”It’s no coincidence that man’s best friend cannot talk.” - Unknown

”A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart.” - Judy Desmond

”There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego.” -Janet Schnellman

”To err is human—to forgive, canine.” - Unknown

”Happiness is a warm puppy.” - Charles M. Schulz

”Heaven’s the place where all the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you.” - Unknown

”Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.” - Mordecai Siegal

”There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog.” - Mira Grant

”Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” - Alexander Pope

”I’m convinced that petting a puppy is good luck.” - Meg Donohue

”The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home….I have a Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion…he is the one person to whom I can talk without the conversation coming back to war.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower

”Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House. - Calvin Coolidge

”One of the happiest sights in the world comes when a lost dog is reunited with a master he loves. You just haven’t seen joy till you have seen that.” - Eldon Roark

”The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” - M. K. Clinton

”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.” - George Graham

”Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.” - George Jean Nathan

”A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.” - Unknown

”I don’t trust anybody in my life except my mother and my dogs.” -Cheryl Cole

”No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.” - Stanley Leinwoll

”Dogs are the magicians of the universe.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

”Dogs are the best example of a being who doesn’t need to lie to protect someone’s pride.” - Ammiel Josiah Monterde

”I wish all men were like dogs.” - Halle Berry

”Dogs lead a nice life. You never see a dog with a wristwatch.” - George Carlin

”Dogs just need you and love, that’s all.” - Jennifer Westfeldt

”A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, smart or dumb. Give him your heart…and he’ll give you his.” - Milo Gathema

”A dog is grateful for what is, which I am finding to be the soundest kind of wisdom and very good theology.” - Carrie Newcomer

”Dogs are my favorite people.” - Richard Dean Anderson

”Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” - Emily Dickinson

”A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than an owner can express with his tongue in hours.” - Karen Davison

”If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” - Charles Yu

”A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” - Robert Wagner

"Dogs teach us a very important lesson in life: The mail man is not to be trusted." - Sian Ford

"A composite dog is a dog that's made up of all the valuable qualities that's in the dog breed - kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of the riffraff that's left over." - Mark Twain

"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love ... they depart to
teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big." - Erica Jong

"After a hard day in the field, my faithful old dog slowly gets up from her comfortable place by the fire, slowly limps over to where I'm sitting, puts one paw on my knee and her head in my lap, and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve a friend like that." - Unknown

Have a dog quote we should consider adding to the list? Let us know and we'll add it to our ever growing list of dog quotes! If you love dogs as much as we do, check out our article Kids & Dogs: 3 Great Reasons Why Children Need Pets.
"The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two." - Maeterlinck.