Some quotes about loving animals include Anatole France's "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" and Colette's "Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." More recently, Rachael Ray said "I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human."
Another quote about loving animals is "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man," said by Arthur Schopenhauer.
George Eliot, in "Mr. Gilfil's Love Story," said "Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." A.A. Milne, another animal lover, said in "Winnie-the-Pooh," "Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem."
Both scientific and religious thinkers have spoken about loving animals. Jeremy Bentham stated, "The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor 'Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer?'" Mahatma Gandhi said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated," while the catechism of the Catholic Church states "Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness."