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.
  • [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?"
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

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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