"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily want."
"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?"
- George Bernard Shaw
"But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
- Genesis 9:4-6
"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
- Isaiah 66:1-4
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body."
- Mohandas Gandhi
"Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more."
- Franz Kafka
"Some say vegetarianism is an alternative diet, but it is the original diet, the plan designed by God."
- James Marcus
"A vegetarian is a person who won't eat anything that can have children."
- David Brenner
"The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion."
"If you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat."
- Kim Basinger
"Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature, and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears. Would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth."
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."
- Thomas Edison
"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
- Albert Einstein
"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
- Saint Francis of Assisi
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
"First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals."
- Victor Hugo
"How can you eat anything with eyes?"
- W.K. Kellogg
"We stopped eating meat many years ago. During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing down at our plates, we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said, 'Wait a minute, we love these sheep -- they're such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?' It was the last time we ever did."
- Linda and Paul McCartney
"I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was
choking. I felt the death of the lamb."
- Vaslav Nijinsky
"It is a cruel folly to offer up to ostentation so many lives of creatures, as to make up the state of our treats."
- William Penn
"Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums frommortal wounds?"
"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man."
- Albert Schweitzer
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
- Albert Schweitzer
"What with our hooks, snares, nets, and dogs, we are at war with all living creatures, and nothing comes amiss but that which is either too cheap or too common; and all this is to gratify a fantastical palate."
"It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
"It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation, that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
"There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though
not our own."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"We manage to swallow flesh, only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing we do. There are many crimes which are the creation of man himself, the wrongfulness of which is put down to their divergence from habit, custom, or tradition. But cruelty is not of these. It is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us -- in fact, any one who does not join in is dubbed a crank."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest."
- Henry David Thoreau
"In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me."
- Mark Twain
"The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous."
- Emile Zola
"If one is trying to practice dhyana (spiritual meditation) and is still eating meat, he would be like a man closing his ears and shouting loudly and then asserting that he heard nothing... How can a bhikshu (student of spirituality) who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on the flesh of other sentient beings?"
- Gautama Buddha, 5th Century, B.C.
"Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet your food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and death comes always from death. For everything which kills your food, kills your bodies also . . . And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are."
- Jesus, The Essene Gospel of John
"Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you -- alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"When about 16 Years of Age, I happen'd to meet with a Book written by one Tryon, recommending a Vegetable Diet. I determined to go into it . . . My refusing to eat Flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity..."
- Benjamin Franklin
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
- Abraham Lincoln
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Captive Dove
By Anne Bronte, 1820-1849
Poor restless Dove, I pity thee,
And when I hear thy plaintive moan
I'll mourn for thy captivity
And in thy woes forget mine own.
To see thee stand prepared to fly,
And flap those useless wings of thine,
And gaze into the distant sky
Would melt a harder heart than mine
In vain! In vain! Thou canst not rise -
Thy prison roof confines thee there,
Its slender wires delude thine eyes,
And quench thy longing with despair
O! thou wert made to wander free
In sunny mead and shady grove,
And far beyond the rolling sea
In distant climes at will to rove.
Yet hadst thou but one gentle mate
Thy little drooping heart to cheer
And share with thee thy captive state,
Thou couldst be happy even there
Yes, even there, if listening by
One faithful dear companion stood,
While gazing on her full bright eye
Thou mightst forget thy native wood
But thou, poor solitary dove,
Must make unheard thy joyless moan;
The heart that nature formed to love
Must pine neglected and alone.
~Anne Bronte 1820-1849