Quotes about my favouite wild animals, Wolves

Water colour painting of a wolf

Water colour painting of a wolf

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Without the wolf there would be no dogs. We have to care about them and make sure they don't go the way of the woolly mammoth. Here are a few quotes to make us think. See also my essay 'A Great Loneliness' in Scottish Essays

Man is only just beginning to reach a simple knowledge of the wolf. The secrets remain hidden beneath a veil of misunderstanding. Man does not see the world of the wolf in it's proper perspective and does not know how to come to terms with it. Instead, he believes that we are the masters of creation and he refuses to accept that the animals are the ones who are constantly in touch with the realities by which we live and die.
But the wolf can teach us. With it's uncanny perceptions, and a social structure that closely resembles our own, wolves challenge us to be wise.
Debra McCann

If the wolf is to survive, the wolf haters must be outnumbered. They must be outshouted, outfinanced and outvoted. Their narrow and biased attitude must be outweighed by an attitude based on an understanding of natural processes.
L.David Mech

The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you.
Barry Holstun Lopez Of Wolves and Men

It was wild, untamed music and it echoed from the hillsides and filled the valleys. It sent a queer feeling along my spine.It was not a feeling of fear, you understand, but a sort of tingling, as if there was hair on my back and it was hackling.
Alda Orton Alaskan trapper

"I'm out to change people's attitudes about them. Wolves are a whole lot more than just predators who feast on a rancher's herd. They're smart and clever and loyal and courageours, and sometimes they do really stupid, silly things, just like people."
R.C. Ryan Quinn

"One beast and only one howls in the woods by night."
Angela Carter Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

"Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."
Rudyard Kipling

Inescapably, the realization was being borne in upon my preconditioned mind that the centuries-old and univerally accepted human concept of wolf character was a palpable lie. On three separate occasions in less than a week I had been completely at the mercy of these "savage killers"; but far from attempting to tear me limb from limb, they had displayed a restraint verging on contempt, even when I invaded their home and appeared to be posing a direct threat to the young pups.
Farley Mowat Never Cry Wolf

When I look at my dogs, I see a wolf, and when I look at a wolf, I see my dogs.
James Collins

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