73 Funny, True and Inspiring Quotes About Dogs

Think dogs are just about the greatest animals ever? So do we and so do many other people as well. We've put together this collection of quotes about dogs from people coming from all walks of life and all different ears. Whether you love small dogs like the Teddy Bear puppy or larger pups like the Boxer, these quotes should ring true. 

Dog Quotes

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog thinks I am."
- Anonymous
"Happiness is a warm puppy."
 - Charles M. Schulz
"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
dog quotes for the mind
"Dogs lives are too short...their only fault, really." 
- Agnes Sligh Turnbull
"Live. Love. Bark."
- Anonymous
"I feel sorry for people that don't own a dog. I hear they have to pick up their own food if they drop it on the floor." 
- Anonymous
"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
"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl." 
- Penny Ward Moser
"Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?"
- Robert Brault
"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down."
- Robert Benchley
"Your dog is your only philosopher."
- Plato
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."
- John Steinbeck
"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
"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
"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment."
- George Eliot
"Dogs. They are better than human beings because they know but they do not tell."
- Emily Dickinson
"He cannot be a gentleman that loveth not a dog."
- Proverb
"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying."
- George Bird Evans
"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job."
- Franklin P. Jones
"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. "
- W. Dayton Wedgefarth
"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 dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one."
- Andy Rooney
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."
- Robert A. Heinlein
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them."
- Phil Pastoret
"The dog is a yes- animal, very popular with people who can't afford to keep a yes-man."
- Robertson Davies
"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails."
- Max Eastman
"A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such." 
- John Holmes
"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult."
- Rita Rudner
"To be followed home by a stray dog is a sign of impending wealth."
- Chinese Proverb
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."
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- Robert Louis Stevenson
"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."
- Gen. Charles De Gaulle
"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
"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
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around. 
- Will Rogers
Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window.
- Steve Bluestone
I named my dog Stay so I can say, "Come here, Stay. Come here, Stay." 
- Steven Wright
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
"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money."
- Joe Weinstein 
"The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me."
- Helen Exley
"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
"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
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
- Andy Rooney
"There are three faithful friends - - an old wife, an old dog and ready money."
- Benjamin Franklin
"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue."
- Unknown
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
The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic. 
- Henry Ward Beecher
A cat, after being scolded, goes about its business. A dog slinks off into a corner and pretends to be doing a serious self- reappraisal.
- Robert Brault
A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. 
- Ogden Nash
"Amount of time it takes for a dog to "do its business" is directly proportional to outside temperature + suitability of owner's outerwear."
- Betsy Cañas Garmon
"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
"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
"A dog wags his tail with his heart."
- Martin Buxbaum
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies."
- Gene Hill
"I am not your dog, but if every time you saw me, you gave me a backrub, I would run to greet you, too."
- Robert Brault
"There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog."
- Konrad Lorenz
"If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat."
- Carrie Latet
"We never really own a dog as much as he owns us."
- Gene Hill
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
- Christopher Morley
Puppy power love"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
- Louis Sabin
"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."
- Aldous Huxley
"The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor."
- Margo Kaufman
"Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other."
- Robert Benchley
"Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning."
- Norman Strung
"Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on." 
- Colette
"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." 
- Franklin P. Jones
"Every puppy should have a boy."
- Erma Bombeck
"I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for everyday."
- George Bernard Shaw
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