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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures. ~Thomas de Quincey

The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other, milk.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "The Cow"

All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. ~Grant Wood

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. ~Joan Gussow, 1986

A cow is a very good animal in the field, but we turn her out of a garden. ~Samuel Johnson

When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose? ~Author unknown

I guess cows aren't into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them. ~Anthony Clark

All is not butter that comes from the cow. ~Proverb

Opie, you haven't finished your milk. We can't put it back in the cow, you know. ~From The Andy Griffith Show

Condensed milk is wonderful. I don't see how they can get a cow to sit down on those little cans. ~Fred Allen

The friendly cow, all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hopes that the cow will back up to them. ~Elbert Hubbard

A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows. ~George Bernard Shaw

The cow is nothing but a machine which makes grass fit for us people to eat. ~John McNulty

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. ~Proverb

Who was the first guy that look at a cow and said, "I think that I'll drink whatever comes out of those things when I squeeze them?" ~Bill Watterson

Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder. ~Greek proverb

If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow. ~William Lyon Phelps

"The Purple Cow"
Reflections on a Mythic Beast,
Who's quite Remarkable, at Least

      I never Saw a Purple Cow—
      I never Hope to See One;
      But I can tell you Anyhow
      I'd rather See than Be One.
~Gelett Burgess, May 1895

(Confession: and a Portrait, Too,
Upon a Background that I Rue!)
      Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"—
      I'm Sorry, now, I wrote it;
      But I can tell you Anyhow
      I'll Kill you if you Quote it!
~Gelett Burgess, April 1897  [Sorry, Sir, please send me no disdain for quoting your famous quatrain, but now that it's in the public domain your duly lawful loss is our glad gain. —tg]

The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk. ~Michael Klaper

MILKY WAY  The beaten path that runs from the cow-shed to the pump. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

Scoops of mint ice cream with chips of chocolate cows. ~Jim Bishop, "On the English Countryside," NY Journal-American, 1957 September 28th, quoted in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations compiled by James B. Simpson

Tongue — a variety of meat, rarely served because it clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a piece of a dead cow. ~Bob Ekstrom

I'd rather kiss a mad cow on the muzzle than a smoker on the mouth. ~Paul Carvel

I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them. ~Sherwood Anderson

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. ~Author unknown

There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows. ~Russell Crowe

There's something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a life-long respect for the price of butter and eggs. ~William Vaughn, 1963

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk. ~H.L. Mencken

Greatness alone is not enough, or the cow would outrun the hare. ~Proverb

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. ~Dennis Wholey

The mere brute pleasure of reading — the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. ~Lord Chesterfield

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