Fanimal fiction

Adapted from the children’s book by Michael Morpurgo, ‘War Horse’ is currently showing in Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Here are 10 of our favourite literary quotes inspired by animals


“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

Animal Farm, George Orwell

“Quoth the Raven, `Nevermore'.”

The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe

“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.”

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I could end this with a moral, as if this were a fable about animals, though no fables are really about animals.”

The Tent, Margaret Atwood

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

The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx, Groucho Marx

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne

“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

“As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.”

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

“He said that dogs were not loyal but servile, that cats were opportunists and traitors, that peacocks were heralds of death, that macaws were simply decorative annoyances, that rabbits fomented greed, that monkeys carried the fever of lust, and that roosters were damned because they had been complicit in the three denials of Christ.”

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

“For there is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

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