Nighteyes, a wolf from Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies is one of the most influential fictional characters in my life. This is why:
"Such packs men make. How can you hunt together when you cannot all run in the same direction?"
"Why do you chop your life into bits and give the bits names? Hours, days. It is like a rabbit. If I kill a rabit, I eat a rabbit. When you have a rabbit, you chop it up and call it bones and meat and fur and guts. And so you never have enough."
"Death is always at the edge of now. Death stalks us, and he is ever sure of his kill. It is not a thing to dwell on, but it is something we all know, in our guts and bones. All save humans."