Seit einst die Treue aus der Welt verloren, hat sie zum Sitz des Hundes Herz erkoren.
(Bernhard Kellermann)


 

In den Augen meines Hundes liegt mein ganzes Glück, all mein Inneres, Krankes, Wundes heilt in seinem Blick.
(Friederike Kempner)


 


Die kalte Schnauze eines Hundes ist erfreulich warm gegen die Kaltschnäuzigkeit mancher Mitmenschen.
(Ernst R. Hauschka)


Es war einmal ein alter Mann, der jeden Morgen einen Spaziergang am Meeresstrand machte. Eines Tages sah er einen kleinen Jungen, der vorsichtig etwas aufhob und ins Meer warf. Er rief: "Guten Morgen. was machst Du da?" Der Junge richtete sich auf und antwortete: "Ich... werfe Seesterne ins Meer zurück. Es ist Ebbe, und die Sonne brennt herunter. Wenn ich es nicht tue, dann sterben sie." "Aber, junger Mann", erwiderte der alte Mann, "ist dir eigentlich klar, dass hier Kilometer um Kilometer Strand ist. Und überall liegen Seesterne. Du kannst unmöglich alle retten, das macht doch keinen Sinn." Der Junge hörte höflich zu, bückte sich, nahm einen anderen Seestern auf und warf ihn lächelnd ins Meer. "Aber für diesen macht es Sinn!" _____________________________________ Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!" ("The Star Thrower" by Loren Corey Eiseley)