Cattle (colloquially cows) are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos primigenius. Cattle are raised as livestock for meat (beef and veal), as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals (pulling carts, plows and the like). Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some countries, such as India, cattle are sacred. It is estimated that there are 1.3 billion cattle in the world today.
- The cattle upon a thousand hills.
- Psalms, line 10, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 30.
- The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising:
There are forty feeding like one!
- William Wordsworth, The Cock is Crowing, written in March while on the bridge, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 30.
- The ever-increasing cattle population is wreaking havoc on the earth's ecosystems, destroying habitats on six continents. Cattle raising is a primary factor in the destruction of the world's remaining tropical rain forests. … Cattle are also a major cause of global warming. … The devastating environmental, economic, and human toll of maintaining a worldwide cattle complex is little discussed in public policy circles. … Yet, cattle production and beef consumption now rank among the gravest threats to the future well-being of the earth and its human population.
- Jeremy Rifkin, Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture (London: Thorsons, 1993), pp. 1-2.
- God sends a curst cow short horns.
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (c. 1598), Act 2, Scene 1
- Variant: A curst cow hath short horns.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- Note: "Curst" here refers to being ill-tempered, and "short horns" to being ineffectual, as illustrated by this earliest known example:
- A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden.
- 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 A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), The Cow.
- I warrant you lay abed till the cows came home.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversations (c. 1738), Dialog. 2.
- All is not butter that comes from the cow.
- Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia. No. 527.
- To country people Cows are mild,
And flee from any stick they throw;
But I’m a timid town bred child,
And all the cattle seem to know.
- T. S. Eliot, The Country Walk.
- His knowledge of country lore was a little hazy, but he felt fairly sure that if the cows lay down, it meant rain. If they were standing it would probably be fine. These cows were taking it in turns to execute slow and solemn somersaults; and Tyler wondered what it presaged for the weather.
- Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 145.
- 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, The Purple Cow.
- The Moo-cow-moo's got a tail like a rope
En it's ravelled down where it grows,
En it's just like feeling a piece of soap
All over the moo-cow's nose.
- Edmund Vance Cooke, The Moo-Cow-Moo.
- You may rezoloot till the cows come home.
- John Hay, Little Breeches, Banty Tim.
- Thank you, pretty cow, that made
Pleasant milk to soak my bread.
- Anne Taylor, The Cow.
- Bullfight critics row on row
Crowd the vast arena full
But only one man’s there who knows
And he's the man who fights the bull.
- Quoted in a letter to the editor by Representative F. Edward Hébert, chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, who said, "President Kennedy was fond of quoting some lines from the Spanish poet García Lorca". Reported in The Washington Post (April 11, 1971), p. C7. These lines are believed not to be García Lorca's.
- I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.
- Theodore Roosevelt, Letter to Mark Hannah (27 June 1900).
- The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib.
- Isaiah, I, 3.
- Who drives fat oxen should himself be fat.
- Samuel Johnson, parody on "Who rules o'er freemen should himself be free," from Henry Brooke's Earl of Essex. In Boswell's Life of Johnson (1784).
- And the plain ox,
That harmless, honest, guileless animal,
In what has he offended? he whose toil,
Patient and ever ready, clothes the land
With all the pomp of harvest.
- James Thomson, The Seasons (1726-1730).