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A collection of quotes and thoughts by James Herriot on creatures, great, small, poem, little, incidents, death, animals, memorable, sayings, life, cats, pet and love.

27 Great Quotes By James Herriot That Reflect Human-Animal Bonding

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James Herriot was an illustrious British writer and veterinary surgeon. He used his several years of experience in penning down a series of books that consisted of stories about animals and their owners. Renowned for his semi-autobiographical works, his works were also adapted for British television series titled, ‘All Creatures Great And Small’. Some of his notable works include, ‘Vets Might Fly’, ‘If Only They Could Talk’, ‘Every Living Thing’, ‘Blossom Comes Here’, ‘The Christmas Day Kitten’, ‘The Market Square Dag’ and various others. We have rounded up some famous and popular thoughts, views and opinions that the prolific writer shared on subjects close to his heart and are still quoted extensively. Read through the collection of sayings and quotes by James Herriot on loyalty, gratitude, comfort, pet, children, books, holidays, wind, morning, best, funny, hope, kind, child, writing, live, quite, years, remember, years and more.

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

- James Herriot's Cat Stories, James Herriot

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

A farmer once told me one of the greatest luxuries of his life was to wake up early only to go back to sleep again.

- James Herriot

I seem to have spent a good part of my life - probably too much – in just standing and staring.

- James Herriot

And the peace which I always found in the silence and emptiness of the moors filled me utterly

- James Herriot

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

I don't think he ever gave a thought to other people's opinions, which was just as well because they were often unkind

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

She’s out, Jim! The bugger’s out!” Well this was great. Anybody who has driven a car with a hysterical cat hurtling around the interior will appreciate my situation.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

I wish people would realize that animals are totally dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us.

- James Herriot

Every day lasts a year. I never enjoy anything. And every morning when I wake up I dread having to face the world again.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

When all t'world goes one road, I go t'other.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

I can't bear it, Mr. Herriot. He was like a Christian was that pig, just like a Christian.

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

Own. I am sure that is what the family remembered best about me because of the way the mother’s letter began. “Dear Vet with the bandaged finger …

- All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot

I will write another book if I feel like it.

- James Herriot

They can't find my house now because I keep it very quiet where I live.

- James Herriot

There was no last animal I treated. When young farm lads started to help me over the gate into a field or a pigpen, to make sure the old fellow wouldn't fall, I started to consider retiring.

- James Herriot

I think it was the fact that I liked it so much that made the writing just come out of me automatically.

- James Herriot

I became a connoisseur of that nasty thud a manuscript makes when it comes through the letter box.

- James Herriot

I was helped by having a verbatim memory of what happened years ago, even if I can't remember what happened a couple of days ago.

- James Herriot

For years I used to bore my wife over lunch with stories about funny incidents.

- James Herriot

I could do terrible things to people who dump unwanted animals by the roadside.

- James Herriot

I love writing about my job because I loved it, and it was a particularly interesting one when I was a young man. It was like holidays with pay to me.

- James Herriot

If a farmer calls me to a sick animal, he couldn't care less if I were George Bernard Shaw.

- James Herriot

I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs.

- James Herriot

I am never at my best in the early morning, especially a cold morning in the Yorkshire spring with a piercing March wind sweeping down from the fells, finding its way inside my clothing, nipping at my nose and ears.

- James Herriot

I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.

- James Herriot