John Grogan: Author and narrator of the story he is Marley's owner.
“He was a big, loving dope of a dog whose defense strategy against intruders would surely have been to lick them to death.”
“Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us. We could have bought a small yacht with what we spent on our dog and all things he destroyed. Then again, how many yacht wait by the door all day for your return? How many live for the moment they can climb in your lap or ride down the hill with you on a toboggan, licking your face?”
“Marley reminded me of life's brevity, of its fleeting joys and missed opportunities. He reminded me that each of us gets just one shot at the gold, with no replays.”
“Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate simple things . . . And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly he taught about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
“Marley was undeniably a handful. ... Part of our journey as his owners was to mold him to our needs, but part also was to accept him for what he was. Not just to accept him, but to celebrate him and his indomitable canine spirit. We had brought into our home a living, breathing being, not a fashion accessory to prop in the corner. For better or worse, he was our dog. He was part of our family, and, for all his flaws, he had returned our affection one hundredfold. Devotion such as his could not be bought for any price.”
“I love you more than anything. I don't know exactly where we go from here, but I want you to remember you're a great dog, Marley”
“Animal lovers are a special breed of human, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.”
“A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”
“The story of the journey humans and animals make together, and how the two shape and affect each other and become magically intertwined.”
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