I thought this was a very good quote, and it rather applies to those who live for their animals like we do. It's by H.D. Thoreau, an excerpt from his journal. I highlighted what seemed most important (to me, at least)
March 13, 1842
Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the meditation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly of objects become radient of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death. For seen with the eye of the poet, as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful; but seen with the historical eye, or eye of the memory, they are dead and offensive. If we see Nature as pausing, immediately all mortifies and decays; but seen as progressing, she is beautiful.
And here's one I just enjoyed the fun of--wouldn't it be nice if we could easily live this way still!May 23, 1853
In dreams the links of life are united: we forget that our friends are dead; we know them as of old.
Things things help put life in perspective for me, so I like to share them. Hope they help someone elseRemember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played. Grow wild according to thy nature, like these sedges and brakes, which will never become English bay. Let the thunder rumble; what if it threaten ruin to farmers' crops? that is not its errand to thee. Take shelter under the cloud, while they flee to carts and sheds.