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Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig! He looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.
Winston Churchill

Pigs are ungulates native to Eurasia collectively grouped under the genus Sus within the Suidae family. They have been domesticated and raised as livestock by some peoples for meat (called pork) as well as for leather.


  • Pig, n. An animal (Porcus omnivorus) closely allied to the human race by the splendor and vivacity of its appetite, which, however, is inferior in scope, for it sticks at pig.
  • Shear swine, all cry and no wool.
  • You have a wrong sow by the ear.
    • Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part II (1664), Canto III, line 580. Jonson—Every Man in his Humour, Act II, scene 1.
  • Making the movie Babe opened my eyes to the intelligence and the inquisitive personalities of pigs. These highly social animals possess an amazing capacity for love, joy and sorrow that makes them remarkably similar to our beloved canine and feline friends.
  • We can make an animal without a heart. We have engineered pigs that lack skeletal muscles and blood vessels.
  • [Describes visiting a factory-farm shed where she saw a large male boar,] his huge head hanging low towards the barren floor. As I came level with him he raised his head and dragged himself slowly towards me on lame legs. With deliberation he looked straight at me, staring directly into my eyes. It seemed to me that I saw in those sad, intelligent, penetrating eyes a plea, a question to which I had no answer: "Why are you doing this to me?"
  • Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises, ...Epicuri de grege porcum.
    • Translated: You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared for hide,—...a hog from Epicurus' herd.
    • Horace, Epistolæ (Epistles), Book I, IV, 15, 16.
  • But as the old saying went, "If wishes were wings, pigs would fly."
  • Many times I've looked into a pig's eye and convinced myself that inside that brain is a sentient being, who is looking back at me observing him wondering what he's thinking about.
  • In The Land of the Pig, The Butcher Is King
  • They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger′asenes. And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him, “Send us to the swine, let us enter them.” So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.
    • Mark 5:1-20
  • If the extent of human cells is 0.5 percent, it’s very unlikely to get thinking pigs or standing sheep. But if it’s large, like 40 percent, then we’d have to do something about that.
  • How Instinct varies in the grov'ling swine.
  • The hog that ploughs not, nor obeys thy call,
    Lives on the labours of this lord of all.
  • Once … I was offered a lift by some carters … It was the Thursday before Easter. I was seated in the first cart, with a strong, red, coarse carman, who evidently drank. On entering a village we saw a well-fed, naked, pink pig being dragged out of the first yard to be slaughtered. It squealed in a dreadful voice, resembling the shriek of a man. Just as we were passing they began to kill it. A man gashed its throat with a knife. The pig squealed still more loudly and piercingly, broke away from the men, and ran off covered with blood. Being near-sighted I did not see all the details. I saw only the human-looking pink body of the pig and heard its desperate squeal; but the carter saw all the details and watched closely. They caught the pig, knocked it down, and finished cutting: its throat. When its squeals ceased the carter sighed heavily. 'Do men really not have to answer for such things?' he said.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 775.
  • The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.
  • Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.
    • Matthew, 7:6.
  • Then on the grounde
    Togyder rounde
    With manye a sadde stroke,
    They roll and rumble,
    They turne and tumble,
    As pigges do in a poke.
    • Sir Thomas More, How a Sergeant would learn to Playe the Frere.

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