Celebrate National Coffee Break Day With These Philosophical Dogs

We pair quotes from Plato and Socrates with Instagram pictures of pensive pups -- a perfect fit, don't you think?

Last Updated on May 21, 2015 by

Do dogs ponder philosophy? Does the average Beagle like to spend his afternoons lamenting issues of existentialism? Do French Bulldogs muse on metaphysics in the morning? These are questions we may never discover an answer to, although the annals of Instagram suggest that the canine sort does indeed enjoy a bout of philosophy, usually while nursing a comforting cup of hot java during a lazy lull in the waking hours.

So with today being National Coffee Break Day, here’s a primer on pooch philosophy:

A photo posted by Mina Brown (@minabrown03) on Aug 25, 2014 at 7:03am PDT

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” (Wittgenstein)

A photo posted by Hippo (@hippothecorgi) on Oct 21, 2013 at 11:32am PDT

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” (Plato)

A photo posted by Perri Joyce (@whineandchz) on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:45am PST

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” (Socrates)

A photo posted by Stephanie (@stephanienicole92) on Sep 19, 2013 at 5:45am PDT

“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire.” (Epictetus)

A photo posted by Sammy the Wandering Frenchie (@wandering_sammy) on Dec 4, 2014 at 3:31am PST

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle)

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.

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