Quotes about dogs

A collection of quotes on the topic of horse, cats, animals, dogs.

Best quotes about dogs

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Hayao Miyazaki photo

„The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.“

—  Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941

Variant: The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.

Jackson Pollock photo

„No chaos, damn it.“

—  Jackson Pollock American artist 1912 - 1956

Johnny Depp photo

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

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

Amar Singh Thapa photo

„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.
Original: (ne) म बाघको बच्चा डमरु हुँ, सिनो खाने कुकुर हैन ।

Marilyn Monroe photo

„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

Bob Dylan photo

„I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

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„There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.“

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

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Dilma Rousseff photo

„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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Heinrich Heine photo

„The more i get to know people, the more i like dogs.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

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Mark Twain photo

„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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Lauren Myracle photo

„Dogs like everyone. Cats choose who to like.“

—  Lauren Myracle, book Shine

Source: Shine

Charles Bukowski photo

„If there are junk yards in hell, love is the dog that guards the gates.“

—  Charles Bukowski, book Love Is a Dog from Hell

Source: Love Is a Dog from Hell

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Gerald Durrell photo

„A house is not a home until it has a dog.“

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

John Green photo

„I’m a good person but a shitty writer. You’re a shitty person but a good writer. We’d make a good team. I don’t want to ask you any favors, but if you have time – and from what I saw, you have plenty – I was wondering if you could write a eulogy for Hazel. I’ve got notes and everything, but if you could just make it into a coherent whole or whatever? Or even just tell me what I should say differently. Here’s the thing about Hazel: Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. I want to leave a mark. But Van Houten: The marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, “They’ll remember me now,” but (a) they don’t remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion. (Okay, maybe I’m not such a shitty writer. But I can’t pull my ideas together, Van Houten. My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.) We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can’t stop pissing on fire hydrants. I know it’s silly and useless – epically useless in my current state – but I am an animal like any other. Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either. People will say it’s sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it’s not sad, Van Houten. It’s triumphant. It’s heroic. Isn’t that the real heroism? Like the doctors say: First, do no harm. The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox. After my PET scan lit up, I snuck into the ICU and saw her while she was unconscious. I just walked in behind a nurse with a badge and I got to sit next to her for like ten minutes before I got caught. I really thought she was going to die, too. It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care. She had this dark cancer water dripping out of her chest. Eyes closed. Intubated. But her hand was still her hand, still warm and the nails painted this almost black dark almost blue color, and I just held her hand and tried to imagine the world without us and for about one second I was a good enough person to hope she died so she would never know that I was going, too. But then I wanted more time so we could fall in love. I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar. A nurse guy came in and told me I had to leave, that visitors weren’t allowed, and I asked if she was doing okay, and the guy said, “She’s still taking on water.”“

—  John Green, book The Fault in Our Stars

A desert blessing, an ocean curse. What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."
Augustus "Gus" Waters, p. 310-313
The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

Billie Holiday photo

„I've been your slave
Ever since I've been your babe
But before I be your dog
I'll see you in your grave.“

—  Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter 1915 - 1959

Billie's Blues

Sitting Bull photo

„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
Attributed quotes

Jim Butcher photo

„People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.“

—  Jim Butcher, book White Night

Source: White Night

Tamora Pierce photo
Mark Twain photo

„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.
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

Yasunari Kawabata photo

„A poetess who had died young of cancer had said in one of her poems that for her, on sleepless nights, 'the night offers toads and black dogs and corpses of the drowned.“

—  Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner 1899 - 1972

Source: House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories

Muhammad Ali photo

„I'm a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I'm no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won't hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Source: The Greatest My Own Story

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Cesar Millan photo

„You cannot "love" a dog out of her bad behavior, just as you can't "love" a criminal into stopping his crimes.“

—  Cesar Millan Mexican - American dog trainer and television personality 1969

Source: Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

„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.“

—  John Grogan American journalist 1958

Source: Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Winston S. Churchill photo

„I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Christopher Soames, speech at the Reform Club (28 April 1981), reported in Martin S. Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill. Volume Eight: Never Despair: 1945–1965. p. 304
Post-war years (1945–1955)
Variant: I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Context: [Christopher Soames, Churchill's future son-in-law, remembered] Churchill showing him around Chartwell Farm [around 1946]. When they came to the piggery Churchill scratched one of the pigs and said: I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Jack London photo

„A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.“

—  Jack London American author, journalist, and social activist 1876 - 1916

"Confession" in Complete Works of Jack London, Delphi Classics, 2013
Variant: Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett photo

„one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap“

—  Ida B. Wells-Barnett African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, early leader in the civil rights movement 1862 - 1931

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Alan Moore photo
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Roberto Bolaño photo

„Only in chaos are we conceivable.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book 2666

Source: 2666

Tamora Pierce photo
W. H. Auden photo
Michio Kushi photo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart photo

„I must give you a piece of intelligence that you perhaps already know — namely, that the ungodly arch-villain Voltaire has died miserably like a dog — just like a brute. That is his reward!“

—  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791

Letter to Leopold Mozart (3 July 1778), from The letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1769-1791, translated, from the collection of Ludwig Nohl, by Lady [Grace] Wallace (Oxford University Press, 1865, digitized 2006) vol. I, # 107 (p. 218) http://books.google.com/books?vid=0SGwLiCNxu7qZ5ch&id=KEgBAAAAQAAJ&printsec=titlepage&dq=%22The+letters+of+Wolfgang+Amadeus+Mozart,+1769-1791%22#PRA1-PA218,M1

Philip Wollen photo

„I discovered when we suffer, we suffer as equals. And in their capacity to suffer, a dog is a pig is a bear..... is a boy“

—  Philip Wollen Australian philanthropist 1950

"Animals Should Be Off the Menu" (2012)

George Orwell photo

„Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

"As I Please," Tribune (7 July 1944)
As I Please (1943–1947)

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John Calvin photo
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Jean Anouilh photo

„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.

W.C. Fields photo

„Anyone who hates children and dogs can't be all bad.“

—  W.C. Fields actor 1880 - 1946

Although very commonly attributed to Fields, this is derived from a statement that was actually first said about him by Leo Rosten during a "roast" at the Masquer's Club in Hollywood in 1939, as Rosten explains in his book, The Power of Positive Nonsense (1977) "The only thing I can say about W. C. Fields ... is this: Any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad."
Variant: Anyone who hates babies and dogs can't be all bad.

Juan Gris photo

„I always pet a dog with my left hand, because if he bit me, I'd still have my right hand to paint with.“

—  Juan Gris Spanish painter and sculptor 1887 - 1927

Attributed by Max Jacob (1876–1944) to Juan Gris, quoted in: Jeanine Warnod (1972). Washboat days. p. 204

Shaquille O'Neal photo

„And if the big dog ain't me, then the house won't get guarded—period.“

—  Shaquille O'Neal American basketball player 1972

[Wise, Mike, http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/11/sports/pro-basketball-tension-between-o-neal-and-bryant-is-rising-every-day.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm, PRO BASKETBALL; Tension Between O'Neal and Bryant Is Rising Every Day, January 11, 2001, The News York Times]
O'Neal implying his level of defensive play would drop if he were not the team's featured option on offense.

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„Let's be perfectly clear, shall we. The fox is not a little orange puppy dog with doe eyes and a waggly tail. It's a disease-ridden wolf with the morals of a psychopath and the teeth of a great white shark.“

—  Jeremy Clarkson English broadcaster, journalist and writer 1960

A Murderous Fox Has Made Me Shoot David Beckham, p. 161
The World According to Clarkson (2005)

Daniel Radcliffe photo

„When I get into trouble at school I'd like to take an invisibility cloak, drape it over me and sneak out the door. Or I'd like to have a 3-headed-dog because then no one would argue with me.“

—  Daniel Radcliffe English actor 1989


Pim Fortuyn photo

„I will not change my opinion, dear people, it is 5 minutes before twelve. Not just here in Holland. but in the whole of Europe. And is that what you want? I take my stand for this country, that which has been build up in the last five or six centuries. Damn it, we have a fifth column… Okay, let me tell you now straight the way it is! A fifth column of people who want to destroy this country! I will not go for that, and I say, "you can stay here, but you must adapt." I must hear "Allah is great", that I am a "dirty pig"… you are a "Christian dog". That is what they say, and you think that is okay… And I have so far been very reserved. I have never repeated that… but you accept being walked over, and I will not let that happen anymore. And that's where I get all those seats from (in the polls). Because this country is fed up! … C'est ça! That is what I stand for. And if I must express that otherwise, well, fine… but it is about your children, your grandchildren. For what else is this about? Must I explain more here? I can not do it any other way, and will not do it any other way. Then I would rather be finished off. Okay, fine… but the problem sir, will remain. That will remain. People have had more than enough of it. Damn it, in my city, Moroccan boys, Turkish boys… who do not rob the Turks, the Moroccans, but rob you and me and little old ladies. And the police? What they do? Damn it… nothing. They tell you: "If you say that, you discriminate". And that is what I express from the Dutch people. And I stand for it, I stand for it. Is that not allowed? Okay, I respect that. C'est ça“

—  Pim Fortuyn Dutch politician 1948 - 2002

That’s all
Nederland 2 documentary "The Night of Fortuyn" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgM9JozWOf0

Oskar Schindler photo

„There was no choice. If you saw a dog going to be crushed under a car, wouldn't you help him?“

—  Oskar Schindler German industrialist and Holocaust rescuer 1908 - 1974

To Poldek Pfefferberg, in response to the question of why he risked so much, as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow.

Francois Villon photo

„In riding to the hounds, in falconry,
In love or war," as anyone will tell you,
"For one brief joy a hundred woes.“

—  Francois Villon, book Le Testament

"De chiens, d'oyseaulx, d'armes, d'amous,"
Chascun le dit a la vollee,
"Pour une joye cent doulours."
Source: Le Grand Testament (The Great Testament) (1461), Line 622.

Dutch Schultz photo

„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

Snoop Dogg photo

„Now this No Limit shit, No Limit nigga
Everbody wanna know how this shit happens, but we ain't playa hatin'
And what's goin' on, but ya know what?
It don't get no realer than this though dog.“

—  Snoop Dogg American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor 1971

"Get Bout It & Rowdy", Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998).

Colette photo

„Sometimes in my very happiest moments, I feel like crying. My eyes grow dim, my heart seems to choke me. I would like to be sure, in such times of anguish, that everybody loves me; that there is nowhere in the world a sad dog behind a closed door, that no evil will ever come…“

—  Colette 1873-1954 French novelist: wrote Gigi 1873 - 1954

Barks and Purrs
Context: Toby-Dog: It seems to me that of the two of us it's you they make the most of, and yet you do all the grumbling.
Kiki-The-Demure: A dog's logic, that! The more one gives the more I demand.
Toby-Dog: That's wrong. It's indiscreet.
Kiki-The-Demure: Not at all. I have a right to everything.
Toby-Dog: To everything? And I?
Kiki-The-Demure: I don't imagine you lack anything, do you?
Toby-Dog: Ah, I don't know. Sometimes in my very happiest moments, I feel like crying. My eyes grow dim, my heart seems to choke me. I would like to be sure, in such times of anguish, that everybody loves me; that there is nowhere in the world a sad dog behind a closed door, that no evil will ever come...
Kiki-The-Demure: And then what dreadful thing happens?
Toby-Dog: You know very well! Inevitably, at that moment She appears, carrying a bottle with horrible yellow stuff floating in it — Castor Oil!

Heraclitus photo

„Dogs, also, bark at what they do not know.“

—  Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535

Fragment 97
Numbered fragments
Original: (el) κύνες γὰρ καὶ βαΰζουσινὃν, ἂν μὴ γινώσκωσι.

Miguel de Cervantes photo

„I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33, as translated by Pierre Antoine Motteux in The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (1701)
Variant translations:
I'm kind-hearted by nature, and full of compassion for the poor; there's no stealing the loaf from him who kneads and bakes; and by my faith it won't do to throw false dice with me; I am an old dog, and I know all about 'tus, tus;' I can be wide-awake if need be, and I don't let clouds come before my eyes, for I know where the shoe pinches me; I say so, because with me the good will have support and protection, and the bad neither footing nor access. And it seems to me that, in governments, to make a beginning is everything; and maybe, after having been governor a fortnight, I'll take kindly to the work and know more about it than the field labour I have been brought up to.
Honesty's the best policy.
Context: I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list. I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes. I know where the shoe wrings me. I will know who and who is together. Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that. The good shall have my hand and heart, but the bad neither foot nor fellowship. And in my mind, the main point of governing, is to make a good beginning.

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Jerry Spinelli photo
Mikhail Bulgakov photo
Jeanette Winterson photo
Cesar Millan photo

„I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.“

—  Cesar Millan Mexican - American dog trainer and television personality 1969

Ogden Nash photo

„A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.“

—  Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971

"A Dog's Best Friend Is His Illiteracy" in The Private Dining Room (1953)
Paraphrased variant: A door is that which a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
Source: Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

Patrick O'Brian photo
Elizabeth Gilbert photo

„It is easy to forget that in the main we die only seven times more slowly than our dogs.“

—  Jim Harrison American novelist, poet, essayist 1937 - 2016

Source: The Road Home

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Libba Bray photo

„You set fire to my house, killed my family, and ate my dog. But steal my boyfriend? That's a step too far.“

—  Libba Bray American teen writer 1964

Source: Beauty Queens

„There's no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad owner.“

—  John Grogan American journalist 1958

Source: Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

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Sherrilyn Kenyon photo
William James photo
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Mark Twain photo

„Some people had attack dogs. Ghastek had attack lawyers.“

—  Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo

Source: Gunmetal Magic

„Whiskers of the cat,
Webbed toes on my swimming dog;
God is in the details.“

—  Dean Koontz American author 1945

Source: The Book Of Counted Sorrows

Deb Caletti photo

„When what you want is a relationship, and not a person, get a dog.“

—  Deb Caletti American writer 1963

Source: The Secret Life of Prince Charming

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Adam Smith photo

„Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog.“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790

Source: (1776), Book I, Chapter II, p. 14.
Source: The Wealth of Nations

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„I say, thirteen is too many dogs for good mental health. Five is pretty much the limit. More than five dogs and you forfeit your right to call yourself entirely sane.
Even if the dogs are small.“

—  E. Lockhart American writer of novels as E. Lockhart (mainly for teenage girls) and of picture books under real name Emily Jenkins 1967

Source: The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver

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