Quotes about dogs

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„If they let me choose between you and the dog, I'll choose the dog.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

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„Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.“

—  Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man 1831 - 1890

GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5712889.Sitting_Bull
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„If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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

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„There will always be a lost dog somewhere that will prevent me being happy.“

—  Jean Anouilh French playwright 1910 - 1987

Il y aura toujours un chien perdu quelque part qui m'empêchera d'être heureux.
La Sauvage ["The Restless Heart"] (1938), Act 3.

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„It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Anonymous American proverb; since 1998 this has often been attributed to Mark Twain on the internet, but no contemporary evidence of him ever using it has been located.
Variants:
It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the fight in the dog that matters.
"Stub Ends of Thoughts" by Arthur G. Lewis, a collection of sayings, in Book of the Royal Blue Vol. 14, No. 7 (April 1911), cited as the earliest known occurrence in The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, edited by Charles Clay Doyle, Wolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro, p. 232
It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the fight in the dog that wins.
Anonymous quote in the evening edition of the East Oregonian (20 April 1911)
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, declaring his particular variant on the proverbial assertion in Remarks at Republican National Committee Breakfast (31 January 1958) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=11229
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„A house is not a home until it has a dog.“

—  Gerald Durrell naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter 1925 - 1995

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„I am a cub of a tiger; don't mistake me with a carcass eating dog.“

—  Amar Singh Thapa Supreme Commander of the Western Front of Nepal 1751 - 1816

Translated by Arjun Bhadra Khanal https://500px.com/photo/29827237/amar-singh-thapa-badakaji-by-arjun-bhadra-khanal|
In the context of wealth offered by British General David Ochterlony during Anglo-Nepalese War.
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Original: (ne) म बाघको बच्चा डमरु हुँ, सिनो खाने कुकुर हैन ।

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„Oh, oh, dog biscuit, and when he is happy he doesn't get snappy“

—  Dutch Schultz American mobster 1902 - 1935

From police transcripts of incoherent deathbed confession

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„Dogs never bite me. Just humans.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

As quoted in "A Beautiful Child" in Music for Chameleons (1980) by Truman Capote

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„If today is Children's Day, yesterday I said that child… the children's day is mother's day, father's day and teachers' day, but is also the day of the animals. Whenever you look at a child, there is always a hidden figure, which is a dog behind, which is something very important.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

Speech in Porto Alegre http://www2.planalto.gov.br/acompanhe-o-planalto/discursos/discursos-da-presidenta/discurso-da-presidenta-da-republica-dilma-rousseff-na-cerimonia-de-anuncio-de-investimentos-do-pac-mobilidade-urbana-e-entrega-de-57-maquinas-motoniveladoras ( YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3IvZToSwgE), October 12.
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