Michel de Montaigne Quote
Why may not a goose say thus: "All the parts of the universe I have an interest in: the earth serves me to walk upon, the sun to light me; the stars have their influence upon me; I have such an advantage by the winds and such by the waters; there is nothing that yon heavenly roof looks upon so favourably as me. I am the darling of Nature! Is it not man that keeps and serves me?"
Book II, ch. 12. Apology for Raimond Sebond - Essais (1595) - Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)