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  • I was also supposed to quiz my various companions on a number of important matters such as nostalgia, fear of unknown animals, food fantasies, nocturnal emissions, hobbies, choice of radio program, changes in out look and so forth.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")
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  • What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?
    (William Golding, "Lord of the Flies")
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  • If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that feral giraffes and feral hippos have been living in Tokyo for generations without seeing a soul.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • Socially inferior animals are the ones that make the most strenuous, resourceful efforts to get to know their keepers. They prove to be the ones most faithful to them…it is a fact commonly known in the trade.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • There are many examples of animals coming to surprising living arrangements...where an animal takes a human being or another animal to be one of it's kind.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India's Constitution. Impossible to enjoy the animals otherwise. Long-term, bad politics is bad for business.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea")
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  • One cannot bring children into a world like this. One cannot perpetuate suffering, or increase the breed of these lustful animals, who have no lasting emotions, but only whims and vanities, eddying them now this way, now that.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")
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  • My boy, you shall be everything in the world, animal, vegetable, mineral, protista, or virus, for all I care-before I have done with you-but you will have to trust my superior backsight. The time is not yet ripe for you to be a hawk... so you may as well sit down for the moment and learn to be a human being.
    (T.H. White, "The Once and Future King")
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  • All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.
    (Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow")
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  • Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.
    (Stephen King, "Pet Sematary")
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  • I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde")
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  • Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was: O my Best Beloved, when the tame animals were wild
    (Rudyard Kipling, "Just So Stories")
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  • There is no question that I am the only thing standing between these animals and the business practices of August and Uncle Al, and what my father would do--what my father would want me to do--is look after them, and I am filled with that absolute and unwavering conviction. No matter what I did last night, I cannot leave these animals. I am their shepherd, their protector.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")
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  • Many of our tribe went to the cliff each night to count the number killed during the day. They counted the dead otter and thought of the beads and other things that each pelt meant. But I never went to the cove and whenever I saw the hunters with their long spears skimming over the water, I was angry, for these animals were my friends. It was fun to see them playing or sunning themselves among the kelp. It more fun than the thought of beads to wear around my neck.
    (Scott O'Dell, "Island of the Blue Dolphins")
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