These 38 dog quotes are by authors with surnames starting with "B." There's another page of quotations to follow. Click on the link at the bottom to see the rest of the "B" quotes.
Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.
Sir Francis Bacon
If a dog doesn't put you first where are you both? In what relation? A dog needs God. It lives by your glances, your wishes. It even shares your humour. This happens about the fifth year. If it doesn't happen you are only keeping an animal.
Dogs travel hundreds of miles during their lifetime responding to such commands as "come" and "fetch."
A species so intimately involved with our own, which has shared our life since time immemorial.
At one time a synod of the Catholic Church was held in which the question of whether or not animals had a soul was discussed very seriously: would good dogs go to paradise and bad ones, who stole slices of lamb, burn in hell eternally. The denial of the soul was voted: it is enough for the honor of the species that the question was posed.
The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth and he has deserved this affection for he renders services that have made him man's best friend.
He was such a dear little cock-tailed pup.
Richard Harris Barham
A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.
I'm a great dog fanatic. My own dog died a little while ago and I take it very personally when things die—it's a major offence.
The CD is dedicated to our dog Nell, who passed away last year.
We have a puppy named Lucy... two cats... goldfish... and Louis, our lop earred rabbit.
I have consolidated all the Dave Barry dog quotes onto one page for easier access.
His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, referring to her cocker spaniel, Flush
My Flush clearly understands articulate language.... "Dinner," "cakes," "milk," "go downstairs," "go out," everybody's name in the house, "go and kiss Miss Barrett," "kiss" (abstractedly)—"kiss the hand," "kiss the face,"—my Flush understands and applies all that... yes, all that—and a great deal more.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who also tried to teach her cocker spaniel reading and arithmetic, so she could play dominoes with Flush while confined to bed due to a lengthy illness.
There is also a very long poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which you can read by clicking on To Flush, My Dog
He knew what people thought of his kind. "High Strung." "Spoiled Rotten." "French."
But in the next twenty-four hours,
He's going to change all that....
He's MAD AS HELL.
He's POODLE with a MOHAWK.
"You'll never call him Fifi again."
That was the first time I knew I loved him.
Kim Basinger, about her future husband's rescue of a dog hit by a car on a highway.
While driving to work, Alec Baldwin stopped the car and dodged traffic to save the boxer. They adopted her, named her Gracie, and had her join their 15 other dogs and cats.
So many get reformed through religion. I got reformed through dogs.
A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.
How often have I not smiled and been touched as I contemplated these four-footed Philosophers, these obliging, obedient, devoted slaves, that the republican dictionary might well describe as unofficial, if the Republic, far too concerned with the happiness of men, could find a little time to treat with respect the honour of dogs! And many times I have thought that somewhere (who knows after all?) there may be a special paradise for the good dogs, the poor dogs, the dirty and lonely dogs, to reward so much courage, so much patience and labour.
Where are the dogs going? you people who pay so little attention ask. They are going about their business. And they are very punctilious, without wallets, notes, and without briefcases.
Mrs. Bush had a rule about not giving Millie food at the table—which the President would often break. Millie would look at him with those eyes, and he couldn't resist.
Jean Becker, George Bush's Chief of Staff
The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.
Henry Ward Beecher,
Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
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.
The ideal age for a boy to own a dog is between forty-five and fifty.
Trained or not, he'll always be his own dog to a degree.
Carol Lea Benjamin
The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? But rather, Can they suffer?
I very much believe in rescuing animals, not buying them.
Candice Bergen, on finding her dog, Lois, a terrier/basset hound mix
The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.
My most satisfying aspect of animal training is a very simple moment. After a show when I leave the stage door... and there is a crowd gathered, sometimes I hear someone say the following and it makes it all worthwhile. "How did they make that dog do that?" I smile because I am the only "they" and I do it with love.
William Berloni, dog trainer, about transforming a severely abused dog from the pound into Sandy in the Broadway production of Annie
Don't let the same dog bite you twice.
I wish all men were like dogs.
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. 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.
The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.
DOG, n. A subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.... [H]is master works for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition.
The Devil's Dictionary
I have placed all the Josh Billings dog quotes on a separate page for easier access.
"Hi," I said. She came over, licked my hand discreetly, allowed herself to be scratched for a time, chased her tail in a dignified circle, lay down again. I remember thinking: "There are times God puts a choice in front of you." I often had such thoughts back then. We took the dog.
I called our hotel but the response was "I'm sorry, sir. We've been booked up for months." With sudden inspiration, I called back. This time I said, "Hello, this is Shana's human..." and this time the response was, "Oh yes, sir. Come on down. We always have a room for you." It really puts you in your place when your dog can get a hotel room, but you can't.
J. Emmett Black, Jr., on how all the staff at a certain Holiday Inn knew his dog by name, but not him. Crime was reduced whenever Shana stayed there; she's a 120 pound Great Dane.
People always joke that "dog" spells "god" backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.