„For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.“

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„How many legs does a dog have, if you call a tail a leg?“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

His collected works contain no riddle about dog legs, but George W. Julian recounts Lincoln using a similar story about a calf in Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by distinguished men of his time (1909), p. 241: "There are strong reasons for saying that he doubted his right to emancipate under the war power, and he doubtless meant what he said when he compared an Executive order to that effect to 'the Pope’s Bull against the comet.' In discussing the question, he used to liken the case to that of the boy who, when asked how many legs his calf would have if he called its tail a leg, replied, 'Five,' to which the prompt response was made that calling the tail a leg would not make it a leg."
A very similar riddle about cow legs was also circulated by Edward Josiah Stearns' Notes on Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853), p. 46: '"Father," said one of the rising generation to his paternal progenitor, "if I should call this cow's tail a leg, how many legs would she have?" "Why five, to be sure." "Why, no, father; would calling it a leg make it one?"'
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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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„When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.“

—  Nora Ephron Film director, author screenwriter 1941 - 2012

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„You can call the dogs in, wet the fire, and leave the house. The hunt's over.“

—  James Carville political writer, consultant and United States Marine 1944

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„We call “happiness” a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

“An Unprejudiced Mind,” p. 326
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„To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.“

—  Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983

"The Designers and the Politicians" (1962), later published in Beyond Left & Right : Radical Thought for Our Times (1968) by Richard Kostelanetz, p. 368
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Context: Technology paces industry, but there's a long lag in the process. Industry paces economics. It changes the tools, a great ecological change. And in that manner we come finally to everyday life.
The politician is someone who deals in man's problems of adjustment. To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.

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