Below is my favorite quote about animals. It is originally written as one long paragraph, but I have separated it out for ease of reading here.
THE OUTERMOST HOUSE
by Henry Beston
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.
“We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
“They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
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Source: http://www.henrybeston.com/quotes.html »
Henry Beston. Henry Beston (June 1, 1888 – April 15, 1968) was an American writer and naturalist, best known as the author of The Outermost House, written in 1928.
I also love this by Vivian. Please give it a read. It’s very thought provoking. “Horses are not ‘Its’ ” »
Have a superb rest of the weekend. Hugs, Patsy