"I think I could turn and live with animals,
they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long."
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
"...as I was going to prostrate myself to kiss his hoof, he did
me the honour to raise it gently to my mouth."
Excerpt from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
"And before me ran this long wide path, invitingly, with weedless
beds on either side, rich with untended flowers, and these two great
panthers. I put my little hands fearlessly on their soft fur, and
caressed their round ears and the sensitive corners under their ears,
and played with them, and it was as though they welcomed me home."
H. G. Wells, The Door in the Wall