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Faithful Friends Portraits - Beautiful pet portraits, animal art and wildlife paintings in acrylic by Nicky Jones



Please scroll down to view a selection of amusing and poignant quotations

about animals and life in general


“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”  George Eliot

“Which of us has not been stunned by the beauty of an animal’s skin or its flexibility in motion?”  Marianne Moore

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal.  Difficult standards for people to live up to.”  Alfred A Montapert

“Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.  Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better everyday.  And you will come to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”  Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1880



“The more we are separated from nature, the unhappier we get.”  Unknown

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous."  Aristotle

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."  Albert Einstein

“Nature will bear the closest inspection.  She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”  Henry David Thoreau, Naturalist and author

"Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more."  Vincent Van Gogh



“In ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods.  Cats have never forgotten this.”  Unknown

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”  Leonardo da Vinci

“It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than folks do, isn’t it?”  Eleanor H Porter, Pollyanna 1912

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.”  Joseph Wood Krutch

“The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.”  Doug Larson

“As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.”  Ellen Perry Berkeley

“A cat improves the garden wall in sunshine, and the hearth in foul weather.”  Judith Merkle Riley

“The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivalled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.”  Collette

“Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.”  Monica Edwards

“There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.”  Unknown

“A kitten is a rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom.”  Robert Southey



“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”  Milan Kundera

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  Roger Caras

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”  Mary Bly

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”  Edith Wharton

"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend.  The first to welcome, foremost to defend."  Lord Byron

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."  Groucho Marx



“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  Winston Churchill

“The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”  An Arabian Proverb

“The Horse.  Man’s noblest companion.”  Author unknown

“To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe – for we have not deserved it.”  Marion Garretty

“Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword.”  The Koran

“….A horse is a thing of such beauty….none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendour.”  Xenophon

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.”  Sharon Ralls Lemon



"There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money."  Benjamin Franklin

“Good friends are good for your health”.  Irwin Sarason

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same”.  Elbert Hubbard

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me”.  Henry Ford

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”  John Lennon

“A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.”  Walter Winchell

"If out of all mankind one finds a single friend, he has found something more precious than any treasure, since there is nothing in the world so valuable that it can be compared to a real friend."  Andreas Capellanus



“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.”  John Constable

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”  Albert Einstein

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."  Eleanor Roosevelt



"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."  Mahatma Gandhi

"Just living is not enough....One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."  Hans Christian Anderson



"A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas."  Charles Dudley Warner

"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."  Mikhail Baryshnikov



"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."  Napolean Hill

"Small things have their own peculiar charm."  Proverb


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