50 Famous Dog Quotes: Insightful Observations

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Insightful Observations: These Famous Dog Quotes offer insightful observations about human nature and highlight the unconditional love and acceptance that dogs provide. Some even offer wisdom about loyalty, friendship, and the simple joys of life.

50 Famous Dog Quotes

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

2. “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” —Author Dean Koontz

3. “If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” —Author Phil Pastoret

4. “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” —Comedienne Gilda Radner

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

6. “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” —News commentator Andy Rooney

7. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” —Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz

8. “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” —Former President Harry S. Truman

9. “Folk will know how large your soul is, by the way you treat a dog.” —Author, academic, and political expert Charles F. Doran

10. “A dog is the only thing on earth, man or beast, that loves you better than he does himself.” —Humorist Josh Billings

"I think dogs give unconditional love.
Unconditional love from dogs

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

12. “A house is not a home until it has a dog.” —Conservationist and author Gerald Durrell

13. “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” —Author Dean Koontz

14. “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” —Poet Emily Dickinson

15. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Animal welfare advocate Roger A. Caras

16. “You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” —Jill Abramson

17. “My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” —Writer Edith Wharton

18. “After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.” —Novelist Robert McCammon

19. “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” —Author John Grogan


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20. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” —Writer, filmmaker, and humorist Nora Ephron

21. “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” —Outdoor writer Gene Hill

22. “If you don’t have a dog—at least one—there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” —Artist Vincent van Gogh

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23. “Everything I know, I learned from dogs.” —Author Nora Roberts

24. “A dog has one aim in life . . . to bestow his heart.” —Writer and editor J.R. Ackerley

25. “They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” —Humorist Jerome K. Jerome

26. “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” —Author Agnes Sligh Turnbull 

27. “It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” —Author John Grogan

28. “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” —Author MK Clinton

29. “Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.” —Writer Thom Jones

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

31. “They say the smart dog obeys but the smarter dog knows when to disobey.” —Amy Hempel, American Writer

32. “You do not own a dog. You have a dog. And the dog has you.” —Chelsea Handler

33. “When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.” —Sarah Paretsky

34. “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” —Christopher Morley

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

36. “Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” —Max Eastman

37. “Dogs and angels are not very far apart.” —Charles Bukowski, German American 

38. “My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” —Elayne Boosler

39. “Even the tiniest poodle or chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” —Dorothy Hinshaw

40. “They motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure, and be loyal.” —Tom Hayden

41. “Dogs are our link to paradise.” —Milan Kundera

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

43. “If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either.” —Jack Canfield

44. “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” —James Cromwell

45. “Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?” —Jerry Seinfeld

Famous Dog Quotes  "Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?" —Jerry Seinfeld

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

47. “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.” —Dean Koontz, American Writer

48. “Dog is God spelled backward.” —Duane Chapman

49. “Opening up your life to a dog who needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.” —Emma Kenney

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50. “Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never rescued a Pit Bull.”  Unknown

A Sense of Nostalgia

Reading quotes about dogs can evoke memories of beloved pets or experiences they’ve had with dogs throughout their lives. This sense of nostalgia can add depth and emotional resonance.

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