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You can’t drive such creatures away. The best thing is to kill them. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot starring Stephen Brennan & Barry McGovern & Johnny Murphy & Sam McGovern et al, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 2001
Despite mankind’s great advances with abstract ideas and manufactured objects we remain nonetheless creatures of vigorous animal action. Desmond Morris, author The Naked Ape
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. Genesis 2:19&20
There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of Our decrees). Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. Koran 6:38
Mammals: they first appeared about 180 million years ago. That’s December 12th on our calendar. And the earliest of them certainly looked like some little insect-eating creatures that still thrive today. David Attenborough: Life on Earth: Mammals (revised series)
The creatures that were mine, I say – or changed ’em
Or else new formed ’em. William Shakespeare, The Tempest I ii 82-83, Prospero
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan
We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty. Jonathan Sacks
For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria. Richard Dawkins
We are the most amazing creatures that this world has ever produced, but we seem to also have this herd mentality; we seem to be the most stupid, also. Vivienne Westwood
The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we’re sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we’re not. J G Ballard
Men are creatures with two legs and eight hands. Jayne Mansfield
We must begin seeing other creatures as equal. Existence makes us all equal. Alice Walker
We cannot make peace with people who are not peaceful with innocent creatures. M F Moonzajer
We are the most disgusting and obnoxious creatures; we can’t succeed, and we won’t let others too. M F Moonzajer
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. George Orwell, Animal Farm
The natural world is full of extraordinarily shaped creatures, but how have the stretched bodies of some given them an edge? Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities: Stretched to the Limit, Eden 2013
It will not be humans that watch the sun’s demise six billion years from now. Any creatures that then do exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoeba. Christopher Hitchens, lecture 6th October 2009
All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
All things dull and ugly
All creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty
The Lord God made the lot.
Each little snake that poisons
Each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom
He made their horrid wings.
All things sick and cancerous
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous
The Lord God made them all.
Each nasty little hornet
Each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!
All things scabbed and ulcerous
All pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous
The Lord God made them all. Monty Python, Monty Python’s Contractual Album
They fly, they creep, they claw everything in sight, and some even have a taste for human flesh. All over the world legions of crytozoologists that somewhere out there are hundreds of weird, bizarre, nightmarish creatures. The Unexplained with William Shatner: Strange Creatures, History 2021
Chupacabra: to those who claim to have encountered one, there’s a fearsome monster … ‘The continental North American chupacabra is a four-legged or quadrupedal animal about the size of a dog, completely hairless with a blueish/grey elephant-hide type of covering … Very grotesque.’ ibid. Ken Gerhard
A monster seemingly drawn from a nightmare. It walks on two legs like a human but has the head of a beast … the Goatman. ibid.
Doesn’t only walk on two legs but flies on two wings – the Mothman. ibid.
2011 a small village in Russia; a local farmer reports his home is shaken by a large explosion nearby. While looking for the source, the farmer stumbles upon this, remains that look nothing like the usual wildlife … A strange head and an even stranger torso and limbs. And the state it’s in is even more puzzling. The Proof is Out There s2e7, History 2021