Quotes from A Dog's Purpose

W. Bruce Cameron ·  319 pages

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“Because failure isn't an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Dogs have important jobs, like barking when the doorbell rings, but cats have no function in a house whatsoever.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy. I didn’t want to cause any unhappiness now—in that way, I decided it was probably better than he wasn’t here to see this, though I missed him so much at that moment the ache of it was as bad as the strange pains in my belly.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take. All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him more than anything in the whole world.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I guess I had never bothered to consider that there might such a thing as a boy, but now that I had found one, I thought it was just about the most wonderful concept in the world. He smelled of mud and sugar and an animal I'd never scented before, and a faint meaty odor clung to his fingers, so I licked them.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose



“I remembered the boy crying the day they buried Smokey in the yard, and I hoped he wouldn’t cry over my death. My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Humans were capable of so many amazing things, but too often they just sat making words, not doing anything.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I realized that today I truly understood my purpose as Ellie: not just to Find people but to save them.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“All I could do now was offer him comfort, the assurance that as he left this life he was not alone but rather was tended by the dog who loved him more than anything in the whole world.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“As I sat in the sun on the wooden dock that jutted out into the pond, I knew this to be true: my name was Buddy, and I was a good dog.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose



“Human motivation is unfathomable to dogs, so I wasn’t sure why the two of us were separated, but I knew that when the time came, Ethan would Find me.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I was a good dog. I had fulfilled my purpose. Lessons I had learned from being feral had taught me how to escape and how to hide from people when it was necessary, scavenging for food from trash containers. Being with Ethan had taught me love and had taught me my most important purpose, which was taking care of my boy. Jakob and Maya had taught me Find, Show, and, most important of all, how to save people, and it was all of these things, everything I had learned as a dog, that had led me to find Ethan and Hannah and to bring them both together.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“For the next several minutes nothing much happened, biscuit wise.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“This was, I decided, my purpose as a dog, to comfort the boy whenever he needed me. Sometimes”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Humans are so much more complex than dogs, with such a broad range of feelings—though there were many times I missed the Yard, for the most part I was now living a far richer life, even though I often didn’t know what was going on.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose



“turned away. It looked as though I lived in a family of dimwits. I”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I will miss you, doodle dog," Ethan said to me.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I wondered briefly if cats also came back after death, then dismissed the thought because as far as I had ever been able to tell, cats do not have a purpose.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Sí. Este perro será el problema,” Bobby replied. Senora”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Because failure isn’t an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose



“life was far more complicated than it had appeared to be in the Yard and that it was people who were in charge of it, not dogs.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Dogs are not allowed to choose where they live; my fate would be decided by people.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“struggled to get down to play with this new friend, but Ethan held me tight.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“I was a good dog. I had fulfilled my purpose. Lessons I had learned from being feral had taught me how to escape and how to hide from people when it was necessary, scavenging for food from trash containers. Being with Ethan had taught me love and had taught me my most important purpose, which was taking care of my boy. Jakob and Maya had taught me Find, Show, and, most important of all, how to save people, and it was all of these things, everything I had learned as a dog, that had led me to find Ethan and Hannah and to bring them both together. I understood it now, why I had lived so many times. I had to learn a lot of important skills and lessons, so that when the time came I could rescue Ethan, not from the pond but from the sinking despair of his own life. The”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“Lennon said that life’s what happens when you’re making other plans.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose



“Maya was wearing a big fluffy outfit, so I knew we weren’t going to the park to play afterward, but that was okay because everyone seemed so glad at how well I’d done the trick. Mama even cried, she was so happy.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


“a dog’s job was to do what people wanted.”
― W. Bruce Cameron, quote from A Dog's Purpose


About the author

W. Bruce Cameron
Born place: The United States
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