Inspiring quotes by James Herriot

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by James Herriot

  • If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
  • A farmer once told me one of the greatest luxuries of his life was to wake up early only to go back to sleep again.
  • If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.
  • At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.
  • I don’t think he ever gave a thought to other people’s opinions, which was just as well because they were often unkind.
  • I wish people would realize that animals are totally dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us.
  • She’s out, Jim! The bugger’s out!” Well this was great. Anybody who has driven a car with a hysterical cat hurtling around the interior will appreciate my situation.
  • I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.
  • Every day lasts a year. I never enjoy anything. And every morning when I wake up I dread having to face the world again.
  • There was no last animal I treated. When young farm lads started to help me over the gate into a field or a pigpen, to make sure the old fellow wouldn’t fall, I started to consider retiring.
James Herriot

James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred Wight, a renowned British veterinarian and author. He was born on October 3, 1916, in Sunderland, England. Herriot is best known for his collection of semi-autobiographical books, beginning with “All Creatures Great and Small,” which chronicled his experiences as a rural veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales.

After completing his education at Glasgow Veterinary College, Herriot moved to the town of Thirsk in Yorkshire, where he joined the practice of Donald Sinclair. This experience served as the basis for his immensely popular books. The stories depicted the challenges and joys of his work, along with the colorful characters he encountered.

Herriot’s writing style was infused with warmth, humor, and deep empathy for both animals and humans. His ability to capture the essence of rural life and his genuine love for animals endeared him to readers worldwide. The success of his books led to a television adaptation of his works, which aired from 1978 to 1990.

In addition to “All Creatures Great and Small,” Herriot wrote several other books, including “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “All Things Wise and Wonderful,” and “The Lord God Made Them All.” These works further solidified his place as one of the most beloved authors in the genre of animal literature.

James Herriot passed away on February 23, 1995, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. However, his books continue to inspire and captivate readers, offering a glimpse into the life of a dedicated veterinarian and the animals and people he cared for.

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